BT fibre broadband deployment hailed by David Cameron
Prime Minister David Cameron has praised BT's move to roll out fibre optic broadband in Witney, the constituency he has represented for more than a decade.
The technology can now be received by the first homes and businesses in the Oxfordshire town and is due to be extended to more than 12,000 additional properties in the coming weeks.
Once the work is completed, around 140,000 commercial and residential premises in the county will be able to connect to fibre broadband from BT, while further rollouts are set to bring the service to another 25,000 properties in the area this year.
Commenting on the news, Mr Cameron said super-fast broadband is "essential" to encouraging recovery and growth in the economy.
"It gives our local firms a boost and brings us a competitive edge in attracting new businesses, jobs and investment," he added. "Residents will also benefit from being able to do more, better and faster, online."
Elsewhere in the south-east, BT announced its fibre broadband service will be available to more than 11,000 firms and householders in Ewell, Surrey, when its current upgrades in the area are finished.