More than 77,000 extra homes and businesses in Wolverhampton, the Black Country and Birmingham are to benefit from super-fast broadband with a major expansion of BT’s roll-out.
Bilston, Fordhouses, Horseley Fields, Penn, Brierley Hill, Lye and Stourbridge as well as homes and businesses served by Midland and Smallbrook exchanges in the centre of Birmingham are among the latest communities to be included in the company’s £2.5 billion roll-out of fibre broadband.
It will take the number of Black Country and Birmingham homes and businesses being passed by the new super-fast network to more than 356,000. The latest upgrades are due to be completed during 2012.
John Dovey, BT’s regional director for the West Midlands, said: “This latest major investment is a tremendous boost for Wolverhampton, Birmingham and the Black Country.
“Super-fast broadband will be welcomed by families throughout the area because it will help improve their quality of life and leisure and open new doors through online learning and fast access to information and services.
“And it’s also going to provide a huge fillip for businesses and the West Midlands economy. At a stroke, small and medium-sized firms will have access to big business speeds at much lower costs allowing them to find new markets, boost their competitiveness and create new jobs.
“We are making rapid progress with super-fast broadband across the UK. More than six million homes and businesses can now access the high-speed technology.” Two-thirds of UK premises will also have access by the end of 2014.
Mike Dell, president of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and Local Enterprise Partnership lead on business support, said: “In these challenging economic times this is great news from BT and its importance to the economy of the Black Country cannot be underestimated.
“Access to fast broadband is absolutely vital for local firms and households. It gives businesses a competitive edge in today’s crowded marketplace.”