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BT rolling out faster copper broadband in South Yorks
Thousands more South Yorkshire homes are set to gain access to faster broadband from BT.BT has unveiled plans to extend next-generation copper broadband to thousands more properties across South Yorkshire.
The service, which offers downstream speeds of up to 20Mbps, will be rolled out to a further 14,600 homes and businesses in 13 local communities, including High Green, Silkstone and Thrybergh.
More than 1.6 million premises in Yorkshire and the Humber can already access the fast broadband proposition, while 90 per cent of properties in the region are set to be served by an upgraded exchange by next spring.
The investment in BT's copper network comes in addition to the company's £2.5 billion project to deliver fibre optic broadband to two-thirds of the UK by the end of 2014.
Liz Needleman, area director for Business in the Community, welcomed the new announcement and said: "Small businesses in particular will benefit from faster speeds of connectivity that will help them compete more effectively with larger organisations."
The deployment will also benefit residents, allowing them to take advantage of more efficient job hunting and keep in touch with friends and family more easily, she added.