Homes and businesses in Adderbury are now able to access superfast broadband following the latest roll-out of the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme.
Last week residents, business owners and pupils from Christopher Rawlins CE Primary School gathered in Oxford Road for the switch-on of one of five roadside cabinets that will enable around 1,000 premises in the village to access the new fibre network.
Additional engineering work currently taking place will see this figure rise to more than 1,200 addresses later in the year.
Adderbury-based businesses say they are looking forward to making use of faster online services.
Karen Reynolds, director of digital marketing at Creative Associates, said: “As graphic designers specialising in publications and large format event materials, we’re regularly required to send very large artwork files, often in excess of 2Gb, to printers and clients.
“Currently we can only do this at night as it slows our internet access to a crawl. Having access to superfast broadband will mean we can send and receive files much more reliably and speedily.”
Chris Shallis, manager of The Bell Inn, said: “Faster broadband will enable me to connect with my customers more efficiently. It will also save me time, allowing me to focus on other areas of my business.”
Local schools are also set to benefit. Phil Goldsworthy, head teacher at Christopher Rawlins, said: “The safe and high speed access will enable our children to make more effective use of ICT, helping them to develop their skills further in online research, deepening and broadening their learning pathways.
“It will also enable our teachers to bring more internet-based technologies the children enjoy into the classroom, making their learning a richer experience, enhancing and enriching our curriculum provision further.”
More than 40,000 homes and businesses across the county are now able to access superfast broadband as part of the multi-million pound Better Broadband for Oxfordshire scheme, its chief partners Oxfordshire County Council and BT have said.
Last month the partnership announced an additional £5.1 million worth of funding which will extend the roll-out to another 6,500 premises.