FTTC in Isle of Wight
BT Celebrated the first fibre connected cabinet (FTTC) on rural Isle of Wight on the 27th August – partially funded by the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme.
The initiative is part of a continued Government programme to improve connectivity through the UK – particularly in rural areas. The target of providing superfast broadband to at least 90% of premises in the UK and the provision of universal access to standard broadband with a speed of at least 2Mbps is making notable progress. This means better transfer and download speeds of larger files, better streaming and connectivity for video conferencing among many other benefits for business and consumers alike. Communications minister Ed Vaizey said: “This fantastic news marks the next stage of a remarkable transformation of broadband on the Isle of Wight and we’re on track to deliver access to superfast speeds to 95 per cent of UK homes and businesses by 2017”
BT’s investment of £2.7million was bolstered by a £4.8 million contribution from the Government and Local Council. Up to 240 residents and businesses in Shorwell will enjoy high-speed broadband and a greater selection of providers from the installation. With a further five planned sites to be connected in this initial phase, BT projects that 95% of the Isle of Wight will be covered.
Isle of Wight Council Executive Member for Economy and Tourism, Councillor Shirley Smart, stated: “This will bring significant benefits to people in these areas and should over time assist with attracting inward investment and providing a real boost for business and tourism.” For more information on internet connectivity for your business contact us here.