Milestone for superfast broadband boom

Superfast broadband is being 'deployed rapidly'
Superfast broadband is being 'deployed rapidly'

Computers, tablets and smartphones in more than 28,000 homes and businesses across the county are now benefiting from superfast broadband.

The Superfast Northamptonshire project aims to make fibre broadband available to more than 56,000 premises in the county by the end of 2015.

Superfast broadband is being 'deployed rapidly'

Superfast broadband is being 'deployed rapidly'

But the halfway point for its first stage has now passed with families and firms in Farthinghoe, King’s Sutton, Little Houghton and Middleton Cheney some of the most recent to benefit.

Northants County Council continues to work with engineers from BT’s Openreach who have already installed more than 115 green roadside cabinets and laid over 200kms of new fibre optic cables.

Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for economic growth and strategic infrastructure, is ‘impressed with the rapid deployment’.

He said: “I’m delighted that we’ve passed this significant milestone in the project which is absolutely essential if Northamptonshire is going to be able to compete in the global economy.

“The availability of excellent broadband speeds can bring tremendous benefits for businesses as well as the advantages in the home too.”

Steve Henderson, regional director of next generation access for BT, said: “The high speed service is boosting the competitiveness of local firms and offering new ways of flexible working, entertainment and learning opportunities for local residents.”

To access the high-speed broadband network, people in the upgraded areas should contact their chosen internet service provider and enquire about a fast fibre connection.