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Superfast broadband equipment installed on Isle of Wight
Engineers are working to bring superfast broadband to the Isle of Wight.Work is underway to bring superfast broadband to more homes and businesses on the Isle of Wight, with a significant amount of technical equipment being brought to the island in anticipation of the arrival of fibre technology.
The first roadside cabinets that will deliver the service to rural areas are currently being installed on the isle, while more than 120 pieces of equipment will help to bring high-speed internet to both residential and commercial properties.
To begin with, over 380 premises in Shorwell, Shalfleet, Brightstone, Merstone, Whippingham and Gurnard will be connected to the superfast service, which is being brought to local people thanks to a partnership between network provider BT, the government's Broadband Delivery UK scheme and the Isle of Wight Council.
BT has been working closely with Island Roads to plan the extensive work.
Communications Minister Ed Vaizey commented: "This fantastic news marks the next stage of a remarkable transformation of broadband on the Isle of Wight."
Mr Vaizey added that by the autumn of 2015, approximately 20,000 properties on the island should be connected to the high-speed infrastructure, which will "provide a tremendous boost to the Isle of Wight's economy".