Berkshire broadband investment brings superfast speeds to 19000 homes
More than 19,000 homes in Berkshire1 can now receive superfast broadband as the result of a nearly 9m investment. The six Berkshire unitary authorities, the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Broadband Delivery UK have invested 8.7m into delivering superfast broadband to the area. In the next five years it is predicted homes and businesses will need a significant increase in the current internet speeds.
Superfast broadband will mean families will be better able to do online gaming, stream or download movies and music and make video calls. When phase one of the programme is completed at the end of 2015 more than 92 per cent of Wokingham2 Borough s homes and businesses are expected to have access to fibre broadband as a result of the programme. So far upgrades have been delivered in Arborfield3, Lower Earley4, Winnersh5, Woodley6 and Wargrave7.
Cllr Stuart Munro, deputy executive member for economic development and finance at Wokingham Borough Council8, said: As well as being essential for business users, superfast broadband is also important to families as it will improve the quality of life and leisure and open doors through online-learning and fast access to information and services.
Small and medium-sized enterprises, in particular, frequently operate from home or shared offices and improved connectivity will help boost productivity and also potentially provide new business opportunities.
- ^ Berkshire (www.getreading.co.uk)
- ^ Wokingham (www.getreading.co.uk)
- ^ Arborfield (www.getreading.co.uk)
- ^ Lower Earley (www.getreading.co.uk)
- ^ Winnersh (www.getreading.co.uk)
- ^ Woodley (www.getreading.co.uk)
- ^ Wargrave (www.getreading.co.uk)
- ^ Wokingham Borough Council (www.getreading.co.uk)