South Devon benefits from latest broadband upgrades | This is …

BT announced today that faster broadband is now available to a further 22,000 homes and businesses in Devon.

Chelston and Shiphay in Torquay, Chudleigh, Salcombe and Ashburton are among the latest 36 communities in the South West to benefit from upgrades as part of the roll-out of BT’s next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines.

The BT investment will make available download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second – more than double the fastest speed previously available from BT.

The faster broadband is already available to 81 per cent of South West premises and by next Spring this figure will have reached more than 84 per cent. The new service is available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband*.

Ben Rhodes, chief executive of the Devon and Cornwall Business Council, said: “This is great news from BT. I really welcome the news that more homes and businesses are now able to take advantage of a technology, which will play a key role in our economic growth and future development.

“More than ever, high speed communications are crucial in the fast-moving and changing world that we work and live in and I’m looking forward to the benefits this faster broadband will bring to Devon and Cornwall.”

Jon Reynolds, BT’s South West regional director, said: “Faster broadband security © will deliver important benefits for people across the region, whether they are running a business, working or studying from home, doing the weekly shop online, downloading films and TV programmes or keeping in touch with friends and family around the world. It can all be done better using faster broadband.

“That’s why BT is determined to bring faster speeds to as many homes and businesses as possible, and we are keen to work with the public sector to find solutions for even the most challenging locations.”

This investment in the copper network is in addition to BT’s £2.5 billion roll-out of fibre-based broadband, which will bring even faster speeds to around two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014. BT has already announced that fibre broadband will come to communities such as Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Barnstaple and Bideford next year. It is already available in Newton Abbot, Dartmouth, Exeter, Plymouth and Ivybridge.

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