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Super fast broadband on way for Upton Park homes and businesses

PUBLISHED: 06:00 13 March 2012

East Ham MP Stephen Timms with BT's Tim O'Sullivan

East Ham MP Stephen Timms with BT's Tim O'Sullivan

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Homes and businesses in Upton Park can look forward to super fast broadband as engineers complete the local upgrade in the next few weeks.

More than 40,000 householders and firms are poised to join the high-speed revolution as engineers complete the local upgrade in the coming weeks.

This latest development will take the number of premises in London with access to the high-speed technology to around 2,250,000.

Further major investment is under way as BT has announced plans for its super-fast fibre network to pass another 325,000 premises in the capital later this year.

BT’s local network business, Openreach, expects to make super-fast fibre broadband available to around two-thirds of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2014.

It will use a mix of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP) technologies. Both offer speeds much faster than those currently available to many UK homes and businesses.

Chet Patel, BT’s director for London, said: “The arrival of super-fast broadband in Upton Park is a huge boost for local households and businesses. These are economically challenging times and super-fast broadband can transform their experience of the internet. They’re joining more than seven million UK premises now passed by one of the world’s fastest growing fibre networks.

“Fast and reliable internet connections are an essential part of our national infrastructure, whether we want them for boosting our businesses, delivering essential public services , education online or entertainment at home. Nobody is doing more than BT to roll-out faster broadband across London, and we want to go further.

“Local authorities and business organisations are keen to get fibre broadband to as many local homes and businesses as possible. We will offer our help and assistance to make that happen, in tandem with our own plans to boost speeds in general.”


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