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Leeds: Faster broadband comes to business sector

Businesses in an area of Leeds city centre have been given a super-fast broadband network.

The city's Calls business district now has a connection speed of 100 megabytes a second, around ten times faster than the national average.

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Telecommunications specialists aql installed the fibre data network in the area and plans to expand it to Leeds city centre in the coming year.

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Local video editing firm VTR is one of the businesses to benefit from the faster broadband.

Carl Waters, the firm's managing director, said: "We can now upload 40 commercials in an hour to our London-based partners as opposed to 45 minutes per commercial."

Adam Beaumont, managing director of aql, said: "This model allows many businesses to get a head-start on their competitors, reaping the advantages of high-speed-working long before the delivery of the Digital Britain promise.

"Smart businesses already realise the advantages of not waiting for their mail to download or for a file to transfer."

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