ANOTHER 34,000 Cambridgeshire homes and businesses will have access to faster broadband by summer 2012.
Histon, Kimbolton, Woolley, Wansford, Bottisham, Crafts Hill, Sawston, Soham, Madingley, Melbourn and Somersham are among 51 East of England communities included in the latest roll-out plans for BT’s next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines.
The BT investment makes available broadband speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) more than double the maximum speeds previously available to most homes and businesses.
It is in addition to the roll-out of superfast fibre-based broadband, which is expected to bring even faster speeds to two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014.
Cambridgeshire County Council is part of the partnership of councils, businesses and partners in health and education working together to bring superfast broadband to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to boost business and community wellbeing.
Welcoming the development, Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, Cabinet Member for Growth and Planning, said: “Faster and better broadband is vital to the economic success of Cambridgeshire. In an increasingly competitive and technological world it is essential that local businesses and households have access to high speed communications.
“Broadband is a key part of our community infrastructure and will bring many benefits including increasing opportunities for people to work from home, reducing the need to travel to work so there is less congestion on our roads.”
Dave Hughes, BT’s East of England regional director, said: “At a time of economic uncertainty these major improvements will provide a big boost for local businesses and offer many additional educational and entertainment opportunities for local households.
“We want to work with the public sector to find ways of bringing faster broadband to areas, which are geographically and commercially more challenging.”