Great Dunmow to benefit from BT's roll-out of superfast broadband

PUBLISHED: 16:33 13 January 2011

BT HAS announced that 41 market towns across the country will be benefiting from superfast broadband as of spring 2012 - with Great Dunmow included.

The announcement follows last month’s news that BT would include a number of market towns in the next phase of its £2.5 billion fibre broadband roll-out.

This is in response to customer demand for super-fast speeds in these areas and as part of BT’s commitment to deliver faster broadband speeds to more rural parts of the country.

Because of the typical topography of market towns, BT estimates that a large number of premises in these towns will be able to access fibre-based broadband; it is however, likely that a minority will not initially be able to receive services due to a combination of technical and economic reasons

BT is investing up to £2.5 billion to deliver fibre broadband to up to two thirds of UK homes and businesses, subject to an acceptable environment for investment. It is the largest single commercial investment in fibre-based broadband ever undertaken in the UK, and is currently one of the biggest civil engineering projects running in Europe.

Openreach, BT’s local network business, is responsible for the deployment of fibre to these areas. The technology will be available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband services.

CEO of Openreach Steve Robertson said: “We want to extend the fibre footprint and the benefits the technology brings to more rural areas.

“So we’re constantly evolving our deployment model to make sure we can bring the benefits of the technology to the maximum number of people within the scope of our commercial deployment.

“The inclusion of 41 market towns in our roll-out plan firmly demonstrates our commitment to finding solutions for local communities.

“However, in many cases, this will require a collective effort. An infrastructure project on this scale – arguably as important to the future of the UK as the road or rail networks - can only be done in partnership.

“We’re keen to talk to public and private sector organisations about how this can be achieved.”

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