HOMES in Oakham will have access to high-speed fibre broadband next year, BT has announced today (Tuesday).
About 4,500 homes and businesses could benefit as part of BT’s UK upgrade of its network.
The rollout is separate to the countywide rollout of fibre-based broadband as part of the Government-funded Digital Rutland project.
BT says the investment is expected to give a major lift to the local economy, helping start-up businesses and encouraging creation of new jobs.
BT regional partnership director for the East Midlands Paul Bimson said: “The arrival of fibre broadband in Oakham is a massive shot in the arm for the local economy, creating new businesses, jobs and educational opportunities.
“The benefits are major and wide-ranging. As our new fibre network expands across the county it also brings new potential for offering essential public services online and cost savings across the sectors.”
Deputy leader of Rutland County Council Terry King (Con) welcomed the news. He said: “The council has a plan to provide high speed fibre-based broadband to homes and businesses across Rutland by the end of 2013 and this upgrade to the Oakham exchange by BT is a great step forward.
“The council welcomes this major investment in our county town and I’m sure the increase in speeds available will be a major boost for local residents and the business community.”
BT’s local network business Openreach is making fibre broadband available to around two-thirds of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2014 using a mix of fibre to the cabinet and fibre to the premises technologies.
Fibre to the cabinet offers download speeds of up to 80Mbps and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps. Fibre to the premises runs all the way to homes and businesses, offering download speeds of 110Mbps, with 330Mbps2 coming soon.
Mr Bimson added: “As more and more people get connected to the fibre broadband network, it’s increasingly important that those living in our more rural areas don’t miss out. Across the UK, public bodies are developing plans to boost broadband speeds in even the most challenging areas.”