BT broadband upgrades praised by West Sussex County Council
West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has welcomed BT's decision to extend the footprint of its next-generation copper broadband service in the area.
Nearly 12,000 homes and businesses in Birdham, Midhurst and Bosham can now access faster broadband as a result of the rollout, which had already been carried out in other parts of the county, such as Chichester, East Grinstead and Worthing.
BT's regional director for the south-east John Weaver revealed around 86 per cent of properties across West Sussex will be served by an upgraded exchange by this summer.
Lionel Barnard, deputy leader at WSCC, said news of the investment in the telecoms giant's infrastructure had been welcomed by the local authority.
"The expansion of improved communications services is key to the success and livelihood of our communities, especially in a rural county like West Sussex," he added.
BT's latest round of exchange upgrades also brought benefits to the neighbouring county of East Sussex, where almost 13,500 commercial and residential premises can now take advantage of faster copper broadband.
The technology offers download speeds of up to 20Mbps - more than double the rates that BT had previously made available in many communities.