NEARLY 40,000 homes across South Yorkshire are to benefit from ‘world-class’ high speed fibre broadband as it is extended across the region.
Residents in Aston Common, Hatfield Woodhouse, High Green, Penistone, Goldthorpe and Rotherham are to have the BT network upgrade installed next year.
The news, welcomed by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, comes after Sheffield was chosen one of the first cities to have fourth generation mobile services from EE.
And it is also one of the first locations in Yorkshire where broadband speeds will be doubled by Virgin Media.
Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said: “The announcement by BT is helping to deliver world-class broadband infrastructure across South Yorkshire. Everyone recognises the importance of super-fast broadband, not just for its contribution to the local economy and potential to create new businesses and jobs, but for every aspect of modern life.
“In the current economic climate, such an investment is to be greatly welcomed.
“But longer-term it’s also essential that people and organisations take up this exciting technology.”
Nearly 400,000 homes in South Yorkshire will have access to BT’s £2.5 billion high-speed fibre broadband network.
“It makes downloading, multi-tasking and sending large files quicker.
It is claimed it will also help businesses during tough times and financially ‘boosts’ towns.
John Anderson, BT regional director for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “This latest investment will help South Yorkshire 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.
“Fibre broadband could create 225 new jobs and 140 new businesses within 15 years.”