Fibre broadband up and running in Kemp Town

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses will benefit from faster internet after the installation of high-speed fibre broadband.

BT has announced the internet connection is now available to 34,000 properties and firms in the Kemp Town area of Brighton.

It means that 99% of the city now has access to the high-speed broadband which businesses leaders claim is essential to boost the city’s digital reputation.

Brighton Kemp Town MP Simon Kirby said: “This is a significant step for Kemp Town.

“High-speed digital connectivity is a defining factor in Brighton’s long-term success.

“At a time when our local economy needs a boost, important developments such as BT’s investment in super-fast broadband offer us the potential to create new opportunities, services and growth.”

Rural areas

By the end of next year, BT said about 270,000 homes and businesses across East Sussex will be able to sign up for the broadband as a result of its £2.5 billion programme.

BT has also said it wants to work with the public sector to extend fibre broadband to the non-commercial parts of Sussex.

Rural areas Both East and West Sussex County Council have pledged to roll out access in rural areas in the coming years.

John Weaver, BT’s regional director, said: “The arrival of fibre in Kemp Town can really help local firms in these economically challenging times, opening up new ways of working and speeding up vital operations, such as file and data transfers, conferencing and computer back-up, all of which may also help cut costs.

“Research suggests that within 15 years fibre broadband could bolster the economy of a typical town by £143 million and create 225 new jobs, 140 new start-up businesses and 1,000 more homeworkers.”

Faster than superfast

It comes weeks after Brighton and Hove City Council was told it would receive millions of pounds towards installing ultrafast broadband.

This provides a minimum download speed of at least 80 megabits per second and is more than three times faster than “superfast” broadband.

Among the areas to benefit could be the city centre, parts of Hove and Portslade south of the Old Shoreham Road, the Kemp Town seafront and the university areas along Lewes Road.

It is understood BT and Fujitsu are the two firms in the running for the contract.

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2:30pm Tue 18 Dec 12

mustaphaLeeko says...

"It means that 99% of the city now has access to the high-speed broadband which businesses leaders claim is essential to boost the city’s digital reputation. "

99%, says who???

What Utter tosh!!! Probably half the city is on the Hove Exchange WHICH IS NOT fibre enabled yet, I just checked, we can get a massive 4.5 MB in the 7 dials!
"It means that 99% of the city now has access to the high-speed broadband which businesses leaders claim is essential to boost the city’s digital reputation. " 99%, says who??? What Utter tosh!!! Probably half the city is on the Hove Exchange WHICH IS NOT fibre enabled yet, I just checked, we can get a massive 4.5 MB in the 7 dials! mustaphaLeeko

2:41pm Tue 18 Dec 12

uniteagainstparkingcharges says...

Is this an advert for BT?

I live in Kemptown and have had high speed fibre optic cable broadband from Virgin Media for nearly 5 years.
Is this an advert for BT? I live in Kemptown and have had high speed fibre optic cable broadband from Virgin Media for nearly 5 years. uniteagainstparkingcharges

2:41pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Jamesthegill says...

The Hove exchange *is* fibre enabled - check Samknows.com to show it - but not every cabinet is, which is why it doesn't show for you.
The Hove exchange *is* fibre enabled - check Samknows.com to show it - but not every cabinet is, which is why it doesn't show for you. Jamesthegill

3:16pm Tue 18 Dec 12

aBloke says...

sorry, what is this story? some tenuous connection to the Green's 'achievements' in the world of fibre optic broadband or a free advert for BT?

I heard someone down the road just got Virgin broadband - could the Argus send over a reporter to cover the story please
sorry, what is this story? some tenuous connection to the Green's 'achievements' in the world of fibre optic broadband or a free advert for BT? I heard someone down the road just got Virgin broadband - could the Argus send over a reporter to cover the story please aBloke

4:00pm Tue 18 Dec 12

sussexram40 says...

A big boost to the LGBT community.
A big boost to the LGBT community. sussexram40

4:03pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Crystal Ball says...

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5:53pm Tue 18 Dec 12

anonymous coward says...

Anyone other Kemptown businesses seeing a slow down in BT's service? Hard sell?
Anyone other Kemptown businesses seeing a slow down in BT's service? Hard sell? anonymous coward

10:09am Wed 19 Dec 12

superlative says...

How is this an advert for BT? BT maintain the network, but you don't have to buy broadband from them, you can get it from any number of other companies. That's just how our phone system works - if you're not on a cable line, you use a BT line and pay your chosen provider.
How is this an advert for BT? BT maintain the network, but you don't have to buy broadband from them, you can get it from any number of other companies. That's just how our phone system works - if you're not on a cable line, you use a BT line and pay your chosen provider. superlative

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