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BT delivers fibre broadband to first Corby homes
Around 15,000 properties in Corby will be upgraded to receive super-fast broadband access in the coming weeks.BT has rolled out fibre optic broadband to the first homes and businesses in Corby.
The telecoms giant's engineers will carry out a series of upgrades over the coming weeks, with around 15,000 local properties set to gain access to super-fast broadband once the work is complete, reports the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph.
High-speed broadband will be available to approximately 88,000 properties across the county after this latest infrastructure upgrade programme has finished.
Later this year, BT has pledged to deliver its fibre optic broadband service to another 82,000 commercial and residential premises in the area.
The move comes as part of the company's UK-wide super-fast broadband rollout, which aims to bring the technology to two-thirds of the country by the end of 2014.
Andre Gonzalez De Savage, Northamptonshire County Council's cabinet member for infrastructure, said the deployment is great news for the county as a whole.
"We have been working very closely with BT to make this a reality and this is a significant step forward in bringing increased connectivity throughout the county," he remarked.
BT's rollout will bring next-generation broadband connectivity to areas where demand for the service is high enough for the company to generate a sufficient return on its investment.
However, some rural parts of Northamptonshire stand to miss out on this deployment, which is where the county council's super-fast broadband strategy is designed to provide assistance.
The plan, which will be partially funded by the UK government, will see faster connections of at least 40Mbps extended to everyone in the county by 2017.
At present, most of Northamptonshire can only receive download rates of up to 24Mbps, while residents in other parts of the country can access 100Mbps speeds.
"In the future, infrastructure should be in place to ensure super-fast broadband is connected to all homes and businesses as standard," Northamptonshire County Council explained.
"The aim is that these services will be affordable for the end user."