Hundreds of homes across Derbyshire are set to get access to broadband speeds up to 30 times faster than the UK average.
Digital network firm Openreach has said it has developed new technology that will allow areas of the county which have previously suffered from slow speeds to receive faster broadband.
The firm has said that parts of Derbyshire will be among the first to benefit from a new way of installing full fibre broadband, using the infrastructure already in place for the existing copper broadband network.
Those areas are Swadlincote, Long Eaton, Chesterfield, Clay Cross and Pinxton.
The firm said that because the work involves using the existing network the technology can be deployed quickly and efficiently, sometimes within weeks.
And by using existing infrastructure, such as underground cable ducts, it avoids the need to dig up footpaths and driveways.
Openreach has said it can install the technology without having to dig up roads and driveways
Openreach said the roll-out of the technology follows extensive testing and trials elsewhere in the UK.
The technology is capable of providing ultrafast broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps – fast enough to download a two-hour HD movie in 25 seconds or a 45-minute HD TV programme in just five seconds.
Kim Mears, managing director of infrastructure delivery at Openreach, said: “We’re investing heavily in ultrafast broadband because we’re committed to giving Britain a first-class network, capable of delivering the very latest communication services for households and businesses.
“By using new techniques, like we will be doing here in Derbyshire, we have already halved the cost of delivering ‘full fibre’ infrastructure.
Openreach said the work will help households who have previously struggled to access decent broadband speeds
“Our full fibre technology is being well-received by communication providers and their customers.
“It’s not only making faster speeds available today but it’s a long-term investment to make sure that our network is able to meet the demands than will inevitably be placed upon in the years ahead.”
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Openreach has already developed the largest ultrafast network in the UK. The network is open for all communications providers – to deliver broadband services that homes and businesses buy from them.
Richard Hall, Openreach’s regional network infrastructure delivery director for the Midlands, said: “I’m delighted to see customers in Derbyshire set to benefit from this initiative, some of whom have struggled with lower than average speeds in the past.”
People can check if fibre is available at their home or business by entering their postcode or landline number into the checker at the Openreach website.
Source: Derby Telegraph