Superfast fibre arrives in Staffordshire

Staffordshire homes will finally get access to fibre optic broadband delivered through BT's superfast network.

Superfast broadband will soon be available to almost every home in Staffordshire.

As part of £27million three-way deal between BT, the government and Staffordshire County Council, approximately 97% of the region will gain access to fibre optic broadband delivered through BT's superfast network by spring 2016.

The plans should eventually benefit more than 470,000 homes and businesses.

Bill Murphy, managing director of 'next generation' access for BT, said: "Staffordshire led the way in pioneering creative industries, so it's now fitting that it's spearheading this dynamic partnership that will not only build on the county's strong traditions but also, through the development of a high-speed communications infrastructure, harness economic growth that will herald a new era of creativity and prosperity for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire."

The project will be partially funded by the government's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) office, which has earmarked £7.4million, as well as £7.4million from Staffordshire County Council and £12.5million from BT.

Engineers from Openreach, BT's local networks division, are due to start work "straight away" with the first superfast Staffordshire streets to go live early next year.

Fibre optic broadband delivered through BT's network offers speeds of up to 76Mb.

The technology is gradually being deployed at telephone exchanges across the country, with a view to making it available to 90% of the UK population by the end of 2015.

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