Leeds is set to get on the ‘superfast’ map - after a new multi-million pound contract promising lightning quick broadband to the majority of homes and businesses in the city by the end of Autumn 2015 was finally signed.
As previously reported in the YEP, Leeds and three other councils have teamed up with BT for the Superfast West Yorkshire project, worth almost £22m, which was finally agreed today. (Sept 9)
The aim is to extend high-speed fibre broadband to 97 per cent of households and businesses across the majority of West Yorkshire.
As well as providing high speed fibre, the partnership aims to upgrade 100 per cent of premises in the area to speeds of more than 2Mbps.
Ed Vaizey, communications minister, said: “This £21.96 million project will deliver an incredible transformation in broadband speeds for thousands of homes and businesses in West Yorkshire. It will be instrumental in driving growth, boosting the local economy, and achieving the Government’s objective of reaching 95 per cent of all UK premises by 2017.”
Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds council and chair of the Association of West Yorkshire Authorities, said: “This is an important day for West Yorkshire as we take a vital step forward in the digital age.
“Fast and reliable internet is becoming crucial to daily life.
“This pioneering project will be of real benefit to many residents and businesses, and we are continuing to work hard to bring the whole of West Yorkshire up to speed.”
An installation schedule will be announced over the
coming months, with better connectivity promised from 2014 onwards.