Village to be next to get faster internet
NEW plans have been unveiled to make faster broadband available to a further 33,000 homes and businesses in Kent.
West Kingsdown is one of the latest communities in the county to be included in the roll-out of BT's next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines.
The village is due to be upgraded by spring next year.
Sevenoaks, Otford, Seal, Borough Green, Farningham, Fairseat and West Malling already benefit.
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The BT investment will make available download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) – more than double the speed previously available from the internet provider. The faster broadband is already available in many villages and town across Kent.
By next spring around 87 per cent of homes and businesses in the region will be served by an exchange which has been upgraded to deliver these higher speeds.
John Weaver, BT's South East regional director, said: "The rapid roll-out of faster broadband offers a great opportunity for Kent and the South East as a whole.
"Around 82 per cent of South East businesses and households now have access to this technology and within about a year this will have increased to nearly nine out of 10 premises in this region.
"The technology is having a major impact on our everyday lives and changing for the better the way we live, helping businesses work more efficiently and flexibly and to find new markets."
This investment in the copper network is in addition to BT's £2.5 billion roll-out of fibre-based broadband, which will bring even faster speeds to around two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014.
Super-fast fibre-based broadband is already available to more than 1.5 million homes and businesses in the south east with a further 1.1 million earmarked for upgrades by next spring.