Takeup of fibre in Leicestershire doubles in a year
May 5th 2016, 08:34 by Nathaniel Dalby
The number of people who have signed up for superfast broadband in Leicestershire has doubled in the last year, reports have claimed.
BT, the provider overseeing the Superfast Leicestershire project, claims that over 25% of homes and businesses in the area have signed up for the scheme, compared to the 10% found last year.
The county has in all seen around 63,000 premises connected to fibre-optic connections, with the numbers growing every month.
Areas such as Birstall, Earl Shilton, Hinckley and Melton Mowbray have all benefitted from the rollout in some form, with the aim being to connect over 72,000 properties by the end of 2018.
A second Superfast Leicestershire contract has been commissioned to take the rollout into 2018, which is estimated to be worth £10 million.
Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director said that superfast broadband would change the way the people of the county used the internet.
“The Superfast Leicestershire team are doing a great job of making more and more people aware of the benefits of fibre broadband.”
“With download speeds of up to 80Mbps widely available, it really does have the ability to transform the way people and businesses use the internet.”
The programme is part of the government’s broadband rollout of the whole country, which aims to bring fibre connections to 95% of the country by 2017.
BT will continue to rollout fibre broadband across the county as well as in other areas around the UK, along with the help of superfast providers CityFibre and Gigaclear.
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