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Norfolk: Fast Broadband Sooner Than Expected
Many places in Norfolk are going to get better broadband earlier than expected.
Around 30 locations across the county are set to get the Better Broadband for Norfolk three months ahead of schedule. It was supposed to be rolled out by the end of the year, but it looks like it’s now going to be here between July and September.
The first places to benefit from the partnership between Norfolk County Council and BT will be upgraded to high-speed (24Mbps and above) fibre. Around 3,500 homes and businesses will have access to the new speed.
The £41 million deal between BT and the County Council means that over 80% of Norfolk’s homes and businesses are expected to be able to access high-speed fibre broadband services by the end of 2015. They also want everyone to be able to get a minimum broadband speed of 2Mbps by the end of that year too.
George Nobbs, Leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “This news is such a huge bonus for Norfolk and I’m sure lots of people living in these communities will eagerly take up these faster broadband services as soon as they become available over the next few months.
"The next, much larger phase is still on track for later this year too, so by the end of 2013 our broadband landscape will be starting to look very different.”
The partnership between Norfolk County Council and BT builds on BT’s own commercial plans to bring high-speed broadband to more people.
Dave Hughes, from BT, said: “We are working hard to make high-speed fibre broadband available as quickly as possible. This is an exciting time for Norfolk and the beginning of a journey."
So where's getting it?
- East Beckham
- Great Yarmouth - South Denes Enterprise Zone, Yarmouth Business Park on Thamesfield Way, parts of the town to the east of Hall Quay, South Quay and North Quay and Southgates Road plus areas centred around the bus depot on Caister Road.
- King’s Lynn - Some areas of Bentinck Dock, north of Crossbank Road, south of Gayton Road, west of Railway and St James’ Roads and either side of John Kennedy Road
- Little Thornage
- Lower Bodham
- Norwich - Some areas west of Woodside Rd, south of Cantley Lane, either side of Cantley Lane South, west of Riverside Road, north of Queen’s Road and south of St Crispin’s Road
- South Wootton
- Thetford - Mundford Road Trading Estate, Threxton Road Industrial Estate and some areas north of Norwich Road
- Thorpe End
- Upper Sheringham
- West Beckham
For more information go to www.betterbroadbandnorfolk.co.uk .
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