TWO communities will be getting faster broadband after two deals were announced this week.
BT announced plans to make faster broadband, using existing copper lines, available to 1,700 homes and businesses in Cottesmore on Tuesday.
On the same day residents and businesses in Uppingham signed up to a faster broadband deal with Gigaclear which owns internet firm Rutland Telecom.
They have begun to sign up to the company’s next generation 1Gb Open Access Broadband Network which will first be rolled out in the north east of the town.
Ron Simpson who is the secretary of business forum Uppingham First said: “The new network is set to transform the broadband experience of the Uppingham community starting with businesses and homes in the north east quarter of town.”
Uppingham already offers free Wi-Fi access to residents and visitors in the town centre.
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BT is currently working on a country-wide upgrade of its copper broadband network and the upgrade in Cottesmore is in advance of the county-wide rollout of fibre-based broadband as part of the Digital Rutland project next year.
The village is due to be upgraded by the spring of next year and residents will be able to get download at speeds of up to 20 megabits per second, which is double the speed they are currently offered.
Deputy leader of Rutland County Council Terry King (Con) said: “This kind of major investment has never been more vital.
“It is an essential part of building a more prosperous Rutland in these economically uncertain times.
“Businesses can use the technology to be more efficient and competitive, whilst individuals can develop their education and skills for a fast changing world. We are working together to bring even more efficient, high-speed communications which are critical to our future success.”
BT’s East Midlands regional partnership director Paul Bimson said: “The rapid roll-out of faster broadband offers a great opportunity for Rutland.
“It is an important part of BT’s plans to help ensure that the county is able to take full advantage of the communications revolution.”
Rutland will also benefit from a £3m project between Rutland County Council and BT to deliver fibre-based broadband to at least 90 per cent of the county under the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme which was announced last week.
Mr Bimpson added: “The technology is having a major impact on our everyday lives and changing for the better the way we live and work, helping businesses work more efficiently and flexibly and find new markets. But there is still much work to be done.”