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BT brings fibre broadband to Childwall and Rainford

Tuesday, February 28th 2012
Two more Merseyside communities have been hooked up to BT's fibre optic broadband service.
BT brings fibre broadband to Childwall and Rainford
BT is set to extend fibre optic broadband access to a further two Merseyside communities over the coming weeks.

More than 9,400 properties in Childwall, Liverpool and over 2,300 in Rainford, St Helens will be connected to the super-fast broadband service in the telecoms giant's latest round of upgrades in the north-west.

Fibre broadband is already available to several local communities, including Allerdale, Birkdale, Formby, Stanley and Liverpool's royal telephone exchange area.

Once BT engineers have completed the infrastructure upgrade programme, around 74,000 households and businesses across Merseyside will be able to access next-generation broadband, which currently offers speeds of up to 40Mbps. However, the company recently announced it will roughly double this headline rate this spring.

By spring 2013, the network operator is aiming to make ultra-fast speeds of up to 300Mbps a possibility in any area passed by its fibre broadband infrastructure thanks to its fibre-to-the-premises on demand product, which was unveiled earlier this month.

The technology, which has been trialled in the Cornish village of St Agnes, allows individual households and businesses to be hooked up to ultra-fast broadband via fibre optic cables running between the property and the local exchange.

Further investment in Merseyside will see BT roll out fibre optic broadband to even more local properties later this year, boosting coverage to more than 240,000 commercial and residential premises.

Mike Blackburn, regional director for the north-west at BT, said the launch of super-fast broadband in Childwall and Rainford will offer a major boost to local businesses and residents alike.

"Internet users with a super-fast connection can do much more online, all at the same time," he commented.

"Upload speeds are the fastest in the UK and can deliver a major boost to the competitiveness of local businesses, offering them new ways of working flexibly and allowing large data and video files to be sent and received almost instantly."

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