High-speed fibre broadband is now available to the first homes and businesses in Dinnington.
The BT investment in the town, along with Askern and Stocksbridge, is expected to give a major boost to the local economy, with more than 18,000 householders set to benefit.
BT Openreach aims to make the high speed technology available to around two-thirds of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2014.
And from Spring 2013 the company hopes to make speeds of 330Mbps2 commercially available in any area where fibre broadband is in place, which it says would potentially ‘transform the competitiveness’ of businesses.
BT recently passed a significant milestone when it revealed its fibre broadband service is now available to 11 million premises across the UK. The company was due to pass 10 million premises by the end of 2012 and is several months ahead of schedule.
John Anderson, BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “The advent of fibre broadband in Dinnington is a massive boost for businesses and households in the community.”
“It will enrich people’s lives and bring a much-needed boost to businesses in these economically challenging times.
“They’re joining 11 million UK premises which are now passed by one of the world’s fastest growing fibre networks.”
“Fibre broadband offers local firms and households new ways of working flexibly and allow large data and video files to be sent and received almost instantly.
“Other benefits include access to high quality videoconferencing and better back-up of computer systems.”
At home a family could be downloading a movie, watching a TV replay service, surfing the internet and playing games online.
A whole album can be downloaded in less than 30 seconds and a feature length HD movie in less than 10 minutes, while high-resolution photos can be uploaded to Facebook in seconds.
For further information on the programme visit www.superfast-openreach.co.uk