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Faster Broadband coming to Chorleywood

posted 12 Feb 2013, 05:36 by Tomo
BT have today announced that they will be upgrading the Chorleywood telephone exchange to support their BT Infinity product that is dependant upon Fibre Optic cables going as a far as street cabinets to support faster connections.

Chorleywood was included in a final list of 99 telephone exchanges that will soon be able to receive its latest 80Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) or ”ultra-fast” 330Mbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based superfast broadband ISP products through their commercial roll-out.

Infinity already passes more than 13 million homes and businesses (increasing by around 100,000 every week) and BT is spending £2.5bn of its own money to reach a total coverage of 66% by the spring of 2014 (18 months earlier than originally planned), when the telecoms operator is expected to reach 19 million premises (i.e. ending its commercial roll-out).

Although a date for the service to be enabled in Chorleywood has not yet been confirmed, it's expected that based on current timescales it should be sometime in the first half of 2014.

A lot of Chorleywood is already covered by Virgin Media cable services, but for those residents who live outside of the cabled streets this is going to be good news as they should be able get increased speeds.

This upgrade is the last phase of BT's upgrade based upon their own investment. There are public funds available to sponsor the cost of upgrades in other areas where the commercials do not meet BT's own criteria for investment. The local agency for this is Superfast for Herts who are currently mid-tender for a supplier.

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