Superfast broadband heading to Lancashire

Work has started in the first locations as part of Superfast Lancashire, the ambitious, multi-million pound project to make superfast broadband available throughout the county.

Around 2,500 homes and businesses in these communities will have access to fibre broadband (with speeds of up to 80Mbps) - once this initial phase of the county-wide roll-out is completed. The first customers are expected to be able to connect by September 2013. Further coverage in these areas will be delivered in future phases.

Openreach engineers from BT will start work on laying around 2,700 kilometres of optical fibre cable and installing a total of around 700 new fibre broadband cabinets throughout the Superfast Lancashire Broadband Project area. It is estimated that engineers will complete over a million man hours of work planning and building the network during the lifetime of the project.

It also includes funds from supporting council partners Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen. The project will transform the broadband landscape across the county by extending access to fibre broadband to 97 per cent of premises by the end of 2015. This will ensure that Lancashire is one of the best connected counties in the UK.

The local economy will also benefit with the creation of 2,500 jobs and the protection of more than 1,200 jobs over the next few years. The county’s Enterprise Zones are a key priority as super-fast broadband will help local businesses to become even more competitive.

www.superfastlancashire.com

Geoff Driver, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “Superfast Lancashire is hugely important for the county. This project will ensure that our people and businesses can benefit from the next generation of superfast broadband. Completing this project will put Lancashire at the forefront of the digital revolution." Mike Blackburn, BT’s regional director for the North West, said: “This ambitious Project will boost the productivity of local businesses and help to attract a more diverse range of high-growth companies to the area. It will play a major role in creating prosperity in the county.”

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