Superfast broadband coming soon to St Annes

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BT has today announced that St Annes is set to benefit from a major superfast broadband boost by spring 2013.

The St Annes exchange, along with Fleetwood, Longridge and Poulton, are set to be the next area to receive a boost in speeds which will see 28,000 homes benefit.

According to BT the improvements are part of their national £2.5bn fibre broadband schemes.

Following intense lobbying and grant bidding by Lancashire County Council, Lancashire MPs, including Mark Menzies, Lancashire is one of the first areas in the country to be upgraded.

Mr Menzies said: “This is tremendous news which will be a huge boost to businesses and householders in St Annes.”

A total of 9,500 Fylde homes are set to benefit as part of the latest announcement which takes the number of homes and businesses in Lancashire being passed by the new super-fast network to more than 255,000.

The announcement was hailed today by Mike Blackburn, BT’s North West regional director, who said it would bring a major economic boost to the area and assist people into new kinds of work, including starting up their own businesses.

He said: “This is a further major BT investment for Lancashire. Our roll-out of fibre broadband is going from strength to strength.

“In these tough economic times, this exciting technology will give a big boost to local businesses and households. Super-fast broadband can give our businesses a significant competitive edge, helping them save money and improve their services at the same time.

“Fibre broadband also has the potential to change the face of public services and revolutionise entertainment at home. Local families will be able to experience entertainment, shopping and a myriad of services delivered the super-fast way.”

 Internet users with a fibre broadband connection can do much more online, all at the same time. A family can download a movie, watch a TV replay service, surf the net and play games online simultaneously. The latest chart hit can be downloaded in around two seconds, a CD in 30 seconds and a feature length HD film in 10 minutes.

Upload speeds are the fastest widely available to consumers in the UK, with large video and data files being sent almost instantly and hi-resolution photos posted online in seconds. Faster upload speeds also boost flexible and remote working, slashing office overheads and improving employees’ work-life balance.

Large graphic and video files can be sent immediately instead of being physically delivered to customers on hard disk. And high quality voice and video calls mean businesses can keep in touch with customers while they cut down on travel.

For more information on the rollout programme visit www.superfast-openreach.co.uk

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