Speedy internet most popular in Ranmoor

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The strongest demand for high speed broadband in South Yorkshire is in Ranmoor, Sheffield, it has been revealed.

More than one in five BT customers who live in the area are already benefiting from the high-speed fibre optic technology.

BT bosses said demand for the service was continuing to grow and those living and working in Ranmoor were placing orders for the technology which can see their speeds increase to up to 80Mbps.

High speed internet is available at 6,500 homes in Ranmoor and around 157,000 across Sheffield.

Tom Keeney, BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “The take-up rate in Ranmoor is hugely encouraging. 
“Local residents and businesses are taking full advantage of the huge benefits on offer.

“The take-up rate is at more than 22 per cent – one of the highest percentages not just in Yorkshire but across the whole of the UK – and demand is still growing.

“It’s a good indication of the kind of appetite that exists for fibre broadband in our local communities.”

He added: “Access to this technology can play a major role in building the competitiveness of local businesses and offer new training and development and entertainment opportunities for residents.”

Fibre optic broadband enables families to simultaneously download a movie, watch a TV repeat, surf the internet and play games online.

An album can be downloaded in 30 seconds and a movie in less than 10 minutes.