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.

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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.”

14 comments

  • Come to Colby, the internet speed is absolutly SH1TE....... What happened to Norfolk business's and the money from the government putting arieals in Church towers..... Modern technowlogy!!!!!!!!!!

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    Colby Army!

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • Why are BT making a big fuss about this? All this is is installing the 21cn kit that they have planned to install all along anyway. It's in their interest to do so to move everyones phones onto their "new" IP infrastructure. None of this will help people with long phone line or an already slow service, in fact ADSL2+ could result in a drop in speed under those circumstances, meaning ISPs will have to have customers set back to ADSL. Whilst BT is installing their "next gen network" the rest of the world has moved on to keep refering to it in that way is quite frankly a joke. Don't get me wrong it should be done, it needs to be done but it's not something to be proud of it should have been done 5+ years ago when the LLU companies were putting their own ADSL2+ kit in

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    Richard_Waugh

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • Surely radio is the answer for villages? It cannot be economic to put in fibre and its very surprising that speeding up old copper can be justified.

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    Resident

    Thursday, December 15, 2011

  • Aylsham hey!!!! is that just Aylsham or does that include my home village Colby 3 mile away?....erm...hello !

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    Colby Army!

    Monday, December 19, 2011

  • Delivering 21st content and services via a copper wire is wholly akin to those , in the 19th Century, who believed that the canal industry was still worth investing in... Just at that moment in time when this funny, puffing thing on rails was spotted on the horizon. Eric Schmidt, the exec chairman of Google, said this summer that our futures would revolve around platforms that were local, social... And mobile. He never mentioned a copper wire.

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    RickWaghorn

    Sunday, December 18, 2011

  • For your interest: Sheringham will be switched to the old 21CN standard on 31st of August next year, I guess to Dave Hughes interpretation of "very rapid pace" was aimed at local government types rather than any sane person

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    Stephen Johnson

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • Faster broadband, better roads and rail won't make a scrap of difference to the economy, unless we start to make something that other people can hold and want.Otherwise it's all a load of dream't up nonsense coming from people who just haven't go a clue.

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    John L Norton

    Monday, December 12, 2011

  • What a con. It isn't Next Generation broadband at all, and it doesn't even count as 'superfast'. Those 51 communities should get together and build their own fibre network. Many of the people on those exchanges will still be on a very slow connection, its only those close to the exchange who will see an increase in the speed.

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    cyberdoyle

    Sunday, December 18, 2011

  • Sheringham was down for BTinfinity in January 2012. The BT website now says it will be 31st December 2012. No doubt they won't even manage that.

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    Barry Tomlinson

    Monday, December 12, 2011

  • Not sure why you wanna keep bashing BT. Why not ask Virgin or Cable n Wireless to deliver your broadband at thier expense instead? Or maybe you would like to contribute, you do not have to live in a rural area, the local authorities are offering some great opportunities to live in town , with new low energy, low tax, low cost housing, and hey guess what? Great broadband too.

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    John Bork

    Sunday, December 18, 2011

  • I was having a nice chat with a softly spoken technician trying to sort out my internet connection, i asked him if he was abroad..... he said no, but he was on the waiting list to have the operation!!!

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    Jay

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • always jam tomorrow.keep the little people happy...

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

  • Oh dear, looks like the original BT plan for Fibre to Sheringham in March 2012 has slipped and now we are to get an old copper standard of 20mb. As someone who could expand their business significantly if I had the much higher upload speeds of fibre internet this seems like disappointing news. I thought BT wanted to move on from being a old telephone company?

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    Stephen Johnson

    Monday, December 12, 2011

  • Radio is the answer for rural communities. Fibre is not economic, and endless investments in old copper are not the answer either

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    Resident

    Friday, December 16, 2011

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