Faster broadband for Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 11:37 12 December 2011 | UPDATED: 12:18 12 December 2011

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Telecom giant BT has announced Exmouth is to benefit from faster broadband thanks to a £2.5million scheme being rolled out across the county.

Exmouth is to benefit from faster broadband thanks to BT rolling out a £2.5million fibre optic scheme across the South West.

Some 42,000 homes and businesses in Exmouth, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot and Devonport have been included in the telecom giant’s major expansion of broadband.

Exmouth will receive the upgrade in 2012, joining other areas of the region - including Exeter.

Jon Reynolds, BT’s South West regional director, said the latest investment was a ‘tremendous boost’ for the county.

He said super-fast broadband would be welcomed by families throughout the area.

Small and medium businesses would have access to big business speeds at a lower cost, added Mr Reynolds.

Mr Reynolds said: “We are making rapid progress with super-fast broadband across the UK.

“More than six million homes and businesses can now access the high-speed technology and last month we announced that two-thirds of UK premises will have access by the end of 2014, a year earlier than planned.

“And we’re not forgetting the final third – largely rural areas which we have always said will require a partnership approach with the public sector to provide access to the new technology.”

BT said internet users in Exmouth with a fibre broadband connection would be able to carry out more on-line activity.

A family could download a movie, watch a TV replay service, surf the net and play games online simultaneously.

The latest chart hit could be downloaded in around two seconds, a CD in 30 seconds and a feature length HD film in 10 minutes.

BT said its upload speeds were the fastest in the UK, with large video and data files being sent almost instantly – benefitting businesses.

Jeremy Filmer-Bennett, chief executive of the Devon and Cornwall Business Council, said: “Access to fast broadband is absolutely vital for local firms and households.

“It gives businesses a competitive edge in today’s crowded marketplace and provides access to new markets with the potential of new jobs.

“I welcome BT’s announcement as it represents real progress and I look forward to a time when this vital part of our communications infrastructure is available everywhere across the county.”

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