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Fibre broadband project reaches 10,000 homes in South Yorkshire

Thursday, December 24th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

The government programme rolling out fibre broadband in South Yorkshire has reached more than 10,000 homes and businesses.

Around 9,000 of those premises are in Sheffield, with Attercliffe, Burngreave, Pitsmoor, Firth Park, Norfolk Park, Heeley, Upperthorpe, Meadowhall and Broomhill the latest areas to benefit.

Superfast South Yorkshire will be rolling out fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology to more locations in the New Year.

Openreach engineers are switching on an average of 27 new street cabinets a month, making the network available to around 3,000 more premises.

The programme is expected to have reached 103,000 properties by the end of 2017.

Matt Gladstone, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s executive director for place, has senior responsibility for Superfast South Yorkshire.

He said: “This is excellent news for thousands more residents and businesses in South Yorkshire, who can now take advantage of the many benefits of fibre broadband earlier than planned.

“The upgrade does not happen automatically, to benefit you can contact a wide range of broadband suppliers. More information about how to do this can be found on our website.”

Superfast South Yorkshire was formed last year as local authorities joined forces with BT in a £22m deal to extend the availability of high-speed, fibre broadband to around 98% of homes and businesses in the city region.

The project is funded by Sheffield City Region LEP, the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) fund and BT.

It builds on BT’s commercial rollout, which has already made fibre broadband available to more than 451,000 homes and businesses across South Yorkshire.

Tom Keeney, BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Our lives are more connected than ever before.

“More and more appliances and gadgets – phones, broadband-enabled TVs, tablets, games consoles, many of which will be bought as presents this Christmas – work best with a high-speed internet connection.

“Sharing photos with friends, streaming HD movies and video calls with family and friends can be done more quickly and effectively with this exciting technology – so now is the ideal time to make the switch to superfast broadband.”

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