Broadband boost will benefit our businesses

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INTERNET users in parts of our region are set to benefit from increased broadband speeds next year, thanks to investment by BT.

The company says that properties in Armley, Normanton, Morley, Pontefract, Castleford, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Moortown, Brighouse and Ilkley will be amongst the 260,000 homes and businesses to get super-fast broadband.

Download speeds should incrrase from 40Mbps to 80 Mbps thanks to the newimproved broadband technology.

Upload speeds will increase from 10Mbps up to 20Mbps. Areas such as the Calder Valley and Haworth will also benefit.

Openreach, BT’s local network business, is investing £2.5bn to make fibre broadband available to two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014.

John Anderson, BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “This important new development will significantly improve the broadband speeds available across parts of West Yorkshire and around many areas of the UK.

“It will provide a further boost for local businesses and homeworkers as well as families and other people for whom the internet has become an essential part of their daily lives whether it be for leisure, education or business.

“BT is playing a key role in making super-fast broadband Britain a reality. Our own commercial super-fast broadband roll-out plans will reach two thirds of UK homes and businesses by end of 2014.”

Gary Williamson, chief executive of Leeds Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the news and said it would be good for business.

He said: “Superfast broadband is no longer a luxury for businesses, it is essential.

“There are many benefits to superfast broadband, such as increased productivity and enabling service providers to export more easily.”

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