Superfast broadband for Staffordshire business park
Jan 26th 2017, 10:45 by Charlotte Whyatt
A Staffordshire business park is to receive superfast fibre broadband as part of a new project jointly undertaken by BT and the local council to help improve the quality of rural broadband across the UK.
Brookside Business Park is only the second location in the county after the nearby village of Cotwalton to benefit from the scheme which is aiming to finish the upgrade by the end of 2018.
Funding for the project will come from both business park owner Roger Harris and Superfast Staffordshire, which was formed back in 2012 when BT and Staffordshire County Council entered into a partnership, as well as BT’s Openreach Division, the local business network and BT’s Community Fibre Partnership programme.
Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology will form the basis of the upgrade, which is capable of providing the 35 small businesses that make up the park with download speeds of up to 1Gbps and upload speeds of up to 220Mbps.
“Making ultrafast fibre broadband available to the firms based here in Brookside Business Park will help them remain competitive and operate even more effectively, without having to leave their countryside base,” said Harris. “At the same time, it could appeal to other businesses who’re looking to move to a new site in a more rural location where access and parking is less of a problem.”
As a singular entity, Superfast Staffordshire has so far managed to give 70,000 homes and businesses access to superfast broadband.
“More than 92% of the UK can access superfast speeds today, and we’re committed to making fibre broadband as widely available as possible in the UK,” said Kim Mears, Openreach’s manging director for infrastructure delivery. “That’s why we’re investing in hundreds of similar projects across the UK, working in partnership with business and residential communities to deliver faster speeds from a wide choice of competing internet service providers.”
“I have no doubt that Brookside Business Park will see real benefits thanks to the faster connectivity and variety of services we’re delivering.”
Source: A Little Bit Of Stone
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