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East Anglian businesses demand fibre optic broadband coverage

Wednesday, January 13th 2010 by Cable.co.uk

Business leaders in East Anglia have called for fibre optic broadband services to be introduced in the region.

Companies across East Anglia have called on BT to introduce fibre optic cable broadband to the region as part of its new network upgrade plans.

Local authorities and businesses are thought to be unhappy that of the 60 telephone exchanges that will receive such services in the coming months, none are in either Norfolk or Suffolk.

According to the Eastern Daily Press, questions are now being asked as to why the regions failed to make the grade in the selection process.

Phil Harris, the technology spokesman for the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, told the newspaper: "If companies find it difficult to transfer data in Norfolk, they are less likely to locate to this area and companies that are here may find they can operate better elsewhere."

He added that it was like "being left on a single carriageway when elsewhere they have motorways".

The comments have come after BT claimed to the Manchester Evening News that the north-west of England would benefit greatly from the introduction of fibre optic broadband.

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