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Faster broadband next summer

PUBLISHED: 21:11 12 December 2011

Backing the EDP Broadband campaign from left, Peter Waters, EDP Editor; Mike Burrows, deputy chair Shaping Norfolk's Future; David Dukes, economic development manager Norfolk County Council; and James Ellis, marketing director Norfolk Country Cottages. Front, Caroline Williams, CEO Norfolk Chamber of Commerce; Christine Frazer, Aviva property and financial services director and Robin Twigge, regional chairman Federation of Small Businesses East Anglia.; Picture: Denise Bradley

Backing the EDP Broadband campaign from left, Peter Waters, EDP Editor; Mike Burrows, deputy chair Shaping Norfolk's Future; David Dukes, economic development manager Norfolk County Council; and James Ellis, marketing director Norfolk Country Cottages. Front, Caroline Williams, CEO Norfolk Chamber of Commerce; Christine Frazer, Aviva property and financial services director and Robin Twigge, regional chairman Federation of Small Businesses East Anglia.; Picture: Denise Bradley

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About 33,000 Norfolk homes and businesses are set to gain access to faster broadband services next summer following the latest round of internet upgrades.

BT has announced 51 communities in the east of England which will benefit from the next phase of its upgrades to next-generation broadband, giving speeds of up to 20Mbps via copper lines.

They include Freethorpe, Harleston, East Harling, Burgh Castle, Downham Market, Holme Hale, Middleton, Sheringham, Aylsham and Brundall.

The extended network will be available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband services.

This investment is in addition to BT’s £2.5bn roll-out of super-fast fibre-based broadband, through which the company hopes to bring even faster speeds to two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014.

Dave Hughes, BT’s East of England regional director, said: “BT’s roll-out of faster broadband across the East of England is running at a very rapid pace.

“At a time of economic uncertainty these major improvements will provide a big boost for local businesses and offer many additional educational and entertainment opportunities for local households.”

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