High speed broadband gets speedier to boost business and jobs

Published: 24 Jan 2013 14:300 comments

READING East MP Rob Wilson is holding talks with internet companies in a bid to get them to speed up the introduction of superfast broadband across the area.

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He says 66,000 homes or business in his constituency already have access to broadband at speeds of up to 80Mb - 22,000 in the Reading town centre area, 18,000 of them in south Reading and 13,000 each in Caversham and Earley.

The four types of broadband available in Reading East for private users, SMEs and larger businesses are copper (ADSL) at speeds of up to 8Mb, enhanced copper delivering higher speeds of up to 20Mb, fibre at speeds of up to 80Mb, and high capacity fibre broadband leased lines, aimed predominantly at larger businesses and some SMEs, and supplied by companies including Ethernet.

Mr Wilson said that during his discussions with BT the company confirmed it is in a position to upgrade all customers already on superfast broadband to ultrafast - at speeds of around 300Mb - for a fee. This would be appropriate for high-tech or media driven businesses.

He said: "My constituency has been doing fairly well since 2010 for high speed broadband. There is now plenty of investment from Government and private providers.

"Reading East is in a good position to attract further high-tech companies and world class organisations - which will be good for jobs and growth. This is particularly true as we are one of the first areas to have 4G mobile infrastructure."

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