Norfolk County Council  and BT sign the Broadband agreement for Norfolk. From left, Ann Steward, cabinet member for economic development; Bill Murphy, managing director of BT Next Generation Access, and Bill Borrett, deputy leader. Picture: Denise Bradley

Norfolk is the UK’s first county to get superfast broadband

By rosa mcmahon
Friday, December 21, 2012
3.45 PM

Christmas came early in Norfolk today as it was made the first county in the country to get superfast broadband in a £30m deal.

Norfolk County Council and BT signed the deal which aims to double the number of homes and businesses able to access fast internet within three years.

The project also aims to get 44,000 houses where there is no access, the “not spots”, to gain a minimum speed of two megabits per second (Mbps), as well as allowing more people to make use of internet speeds of at least 24Mbps.

It is hoped this historic deal will make it easier for people to do business, which will in turn boost the local economy.

Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director of next generation access, visited County Hall in Norwich to officially launch the project.

Buy tomorrow’s paper for more on the historic launch.