Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Superfast fast broadband is coming to Frodsham

Great news.  BT has announced today that superfast broadband is heading to Frodsham in 2013.

The full text of the BT press release follows below.

Many of us have been lobbying CWaC and BT for years to make sure that Frodsham wasn't overlooked in the super-fast broadband roll out.  I'm delighted that we've been listened to - and we can all look forward to blisteringly fast internet access.



DC12-274                               Embargoed until 00:01 hours Tuesday, September 25, 2012

THOUSANDS MORE CHESHIRE HOMES AND BUSINESSES IN LINE
FOR A SUPER-FAST BROADBAND BOOST
Frodsham and Helsby among the next communities to benefit;
Cheshire West and Chester Council welcomes development

BT today announced a further major investment in Cheshire pledging to roll-out its £2.5 billion high-speed fibre broadband network to more than 20,500 more homes and businesses across the county.

Frodsham and Helsby are among the latest communities to benefit, along with Culcheth and Runcorn. All are due to be upgraded in 2013.  The latest investment will take the total number of homes and businesses in Cheshire able to connect to the fibre network to more than 327,000. Around 241,000 already have access in upgraded areas, including Chester, and BT is keen to bring more communities within reach by working with the public sector.  

Mike Blackburn, BT’s regional director for the North West, said: “Fibre broadband opens up a whole new, high speed world. This latest major investment will help Cheshire to overcome the current economic challenges and take full advantage of the upturn when it comes. 

“Digital technology is fundamental to how we live and work – and in an increasingly connected world, high-speed communications will become even more essential in the years ahead. Research suggests fibre broadband could give a £143 million boost to a typical town’s economy and create 225 new jobs and 140 new businesses within 15 years. 

“The fibre broadband network we’re building today will underpin the local economy for many years to come – and we’re keen to go further, working with the public sector to take technology to places outside current commercial roll-out plans.  The arrival of fibre broadband in each of these new locations will revolutionise the way people use the internet for work, education and connecting with public services.”  

Councillor Herbert Manley, Cheshire West and Chester Council executive member for prosperity, said: “This is excellent news for Frodsham and Helsby. Super-fast broadband has the potential to transform internet use, businesses, education and public services.  Access to faster and more reliable broadband will bring these communities into the 21st century.  We particularly welcome the rollout of faster broadband in these towns which have hitherto suffered from a ‘digital divide’ compared with nearby, larger urban areas, restricting its economic and social potential.  The Connecting Cheshire Partnership is committed to working with providers such as BT to ensure the whole of Cheshire, Halton and Warrington can exploit the benefits of super-fast broadband.”

BT’s local network business Openreach is making fibre broadband available to around two-thirds of UK homes and businesses on a commercial basis by the end of 20142 using a mix of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP) technologies. More than 11 million premises can already access fibre broadband and that number is growing all the time.  

Both technologies offer speeds many times faster than the current UK average, reported by the regulator Ofcom to be 9Mbps. FTTC, where fibre is delivered to new street cabinets, offers download speeds of up to 80Mbps and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps3.  

FTTP, where fibre runs all the way to homes and businesses, offers a variety of download speeds with the current top speed being 330Mbps3. From Spring 2013 BT aims to make speeds of 330Mbps3 available on demand in any area where FTTC has been deployed4.  

Internet users with a fibre broadband connection can do much more online, all at the same time. A family can download a movie, watch a TV replay service, surf the net and play games online simultaneously. A whole album can be downloaded in less than 30 seconds and a feature length HD movie in less than 10 minutes, whilst high-resolution photos can be uploaded to Facebook in seconds.  

The upload speeds are the fastest widely available to consumers in the UK, with large video and data files being sent almost instantly and hi-resolution photos posted online in seconds. And high quality voice and video calls mean businesses can keep in touch with customers while they cut down on travel.  

For further information on Openreach’s fibre broadband programme visit: www.superfast-openreach.co.uk  

ENDS

Notes to editors
1 Research taken from 
Social Study 2012 – The Economic Impact of BT across the UK by Regeneris Consulting – see www.btsocialstudy.co.uk for more information.
2 BT’s deployment plans are subject to an acceptable environment for investment.
These are the top wholesale speeds available from Openreach to all service providers; speeds offered by service providers may vary.
4 Openreach will levy an installation charge for FTTP on demand. It will be up to service providers to decide whether they pass that onto businesses or consumers wishing to take advantage of the product.

Due to the current network topography, and the economics of deployment, it is likely that some premises within the selected exchange areas will not initially be able to access fibre-based broadband. Alternative solutions for these locations are being investigated.

For further information please contact the BT Regional Press Office on 0800 085 0660. All our news releases can be found at www.btplc.com/news