BILLINGSHURST is the latest community in West Sussex to hear superfast broadband is on the way.
The news follows an announcement from BT the company is making a further major investment in the county, pledging to roll-out its £2.5 billion high speed fibre broadband network to 2,500 more homes and businesses.
Villagers in Billingshurst have been told they will be upgraded in 2013.
The news has been welcomed by community leaders who say it will bring a boost for businesses, internet users and the economy, with potential to create new enterprises and jobs.
The latest investment will take the total number of homes and businesses in West Sussex able to connect to the fibre network to more than 270,000.
John Weaver, BT’s South East regional director said: “Fibre broadband opens up a whole new high speed world. This latest investment will help West Sussex to overcome the current economic challenges and take full advantage of the upturn when it comes.
“Digital technology is fundamental to how we live and work and in an increasingly connected world, high-speed communications will become even more essential in the years ahead.
“Research suggests fibre broadband could give a £143 million boost to a typical town’s economy and create 225 new jobs and 140 new businesses within 15 years.”
He added: “The arrival of fibre broadband in Billingshurst will revolutionise the way people use the internet for work, education and connecting with public services.”
BT’s local network business Openreach has pledged to make fibre broadband available to around two thirds of homes and businesses in the country on a commercial basis by the end of 2014 using a mix of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP) technologies.
Internet users with a fibre broadband connection can do much more online, all at the same time.
A family can, for instance download a film, watch a TV replay service, surf the net and play games online simultaneously.
High-quality voice and video calls in addition mean businesses can keep in touch with all their customers while at the same time cutting down on travelling to see them.
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