More than 50,000 homes and businesses across Oxfordshire are now able to access faster fibre broadband as part of the multi-million pound ‘Better Broadband for Oxfordshire’ programme.
In an announcement made by Oxfordshire County Council and telecommunications giant BT today (Thursday), the latest communities to get fibre broadband for the first time include Hornton, Sibford Gower, Shutford and Tadmarton.
High-speed technology has also been made more widely in parts of Banbury.
Ed Vaizey, digital economy minister, said: “The digital landscape of Oxford is undergoing a dramatic transformation and I congratulate the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme on having reached more than 50,000 homes and businesses.
“Our nationwide rollout of superfast broadband is reaching 50,000 more premises every day and we’re on track to reach 95 per cent of the UK by 2017.” The programme is part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme. In February the partnership announced an additional £5.1 million worth of funding which will extend the rollout to an additional 6,500 premises.
Residents and businesses choosing to upgrade will be able to get download speeds of up to 80 megabits per second and upload speeds of up to 20 megabits per second.
Because the Openreach network is ‘open’, people can choose from a wide range of broadband service providers, of which more than 140 are currently operating in the UK.
Councillor Nick Carter, cabinet member for business and customer services at Oxfordshire County Council, said: “It’s exciting to realise that 50,000 more homes and businesses can now access the sort of broadband speeds that will improve people’s live immensely.
“This is an important milestone in the programme that the county council has been running for a couple of years. It’s nothing less than a digital revolution that will cement Oxfordshire’s reputation as an unbeatable eplace to live and work, and we want people across our county to enjoy the benefits.”
To follow progress of the roll-out, visit www.betterbroadbandoxfordshire.co.uk