Torbay is to benefit from BT’s roll-out of superfast broadband across the South West. Paignton, Brixham and St Marychurch in Torquay are the latest communities to be included in the BT programme.
The high-speed technology will reach a further 113,000 homes and businesses in the region by spring 2013, in BT’s latest phase of a £2.5 billion investment into fibre-optic broadband across the UK.
The upgrade will take the number of South West homes and businesses passed by the new super-fast network to nearly 1.25 million.
Faster speeds boost flexible and remote working, slashing office overheads and improving employees’ work-life balance. Large graphic and video files can be sent immediately instead of being physically delivered to customers on hard disk.
Mayor of Torbay, Gordon Oliver said: “This is an important step forward for the area. High-speed digital communications are essential to Torbay’s economy.
“BT’s investment in super-fast broadband will build on the investment being made in the South Devon Link Road, and allow us to create new opportunities for jobs and growth.”
Torbay Development Agency’s Director of Economic Strategy, Alan Denby, said: “This is fantastic news for Torbay, an increase in broadband capability will mean our local businesses can enjoy significant gains in their efficiency and a much better standpoint against competitors throughout the rest of the UK.”
Jon Reynolds, BT’s South West regional director, said: “This is a major BT investment for Torbay and the South West as a whole. Our roll-out of fibre broadband is going from strength to strength.
“In these tough economic times, this exciting technology will give a big boost to local businesses and households. Sophisticated communications are the lifeblood of any successful community.
“Super-fast broadband can give our businesses a competitive edge, helping save money and improve their services at the same time.
“Fibre broadband also has the potential to change the face of public services and revolutionise entertainment at home. Local families will be able to experience entertainment, shopping and a myriad of services delivered the super-fast way.”