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BT boosts faster copper broadband access in Yorkshire
More Yorkshire properties now have access to BT's up to 20Mbps copper broadband service.Small communities across Yorkshire have been given faster broadband access thanks to BT's latest round of infrastructure improvement works.
In recent months, the telecoms giant has been upgrading telephone exchanges across the country to support its next-generation copper broadband service, which offers download speeds of up to 20Mbps - more than double the maximum download rate that could previously be received by most UK homes and businesses.
The telecoms giant has announced the completion of a string of fast copper broadband rollouts across the county, with Crosshills in North Yorkshire among the locations to be included in the initiative.
More than 6,100 properties in the village are now able to connect to the high-speed service as a result of the deployment, which has been hailed by BT's regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber John Anderson as an "important step forward".
Crosshills is just one of the communities to benefit from the work. Ilkley in West Yorkshire saw over 6,800 commercial and residential premises given faster broadband, while work in Thirsk and West Ayton - both in North Yorkshire - resulted in the technology being delivered to 5,300 and 3,500 properties respectively.
Mr Anderson revealed BT is planning to extend the service to around 80 per cent of homes and businesses across Yorkshire and the Humber by spring 2012.
"Faster broadband can help businesses become more competitive and greatly improve the online services available to families, home workers and other internet users," he commented.
The rollout of BT's high-speed copper broadband product comes in addition to the work conducted by the telecoms giant to increase the country's fibre optic broadband access.
By the end of 2015, the company is looking to deliver super-fast connectivity to around two-thirds of the UK and has supported this target with up to £2.5 billion of investment. Ilkley is one of the communities set to benefit from the deployment.