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BT includes Torbay in fibre broadband rollout

Friday, March 30th 2012 by Editorial
Some 113,000 properties in Torbay are set to be connected to fibre broadband by BT.

Torbay is the latest part of the south-west to benefit from BT's fibre optic broadband rollout programme.

The district, which comprises the towns of Brixham, Paignton and Torquay, is set to see 113,000 more homes and businesses connected to super-fast broadband by spring 2013.

Once the work is complete, almost 1.25 million properties across the south-west will have been connected to the telecoms giant's fibre optic broadband network.

Gordon Oliver, mayor of Torbay, said high-speed digital communications have an important role to play in supporting the local economy.

"BT's investment in super-fast broadband will build on the investment being made in the South Devon Link Road and allow us to create new opportunities for jobs and growth," he added.

South-west regional director at BT Jon Reynolds described the announcement as a major boost for the area.

Elsewhere in the West Country, BT revealed this week that another 27,000 properties in Gloucestershire have been upgraded to receive its next-generation copper broadband service.