Thursday, 12 January 2012

Double Broadband Speeds Will Help Boost Business Growth

Cambridgeshire County Council has welcomed the announcement that Virgin Media is to double broadband speeds for users of its cable network as a boost for business in the region.

Virgin Media has announced that subscribers to the cable network's services offering between 10Mb and 50Mb will see their speeds at least doubled, with 100Mb customers getting up to 120Mb in a nationwide upgrade over the next 18 months.

The fibre-optic network currently passes by around 130,000 homes in the Cambridgeshire region including Burwell, Cambridge, Ely, Godmanchester, Huntingdon, Sawston, St Ives, St Neots, Wisbech and March.

Cambridgeshire County Council has agreed to invest in superfast broadband as part of a drive to encourage business and enterprise and support the prosperity and well-being of communities.

The County Council is part of the partnership of councils, businesses and partners in health and education working together to bring superfast broadband to the majority of premises in Cambridgeshire by 2015.

Cambridgeshire County Council Leader, Councillor Nick Clarke said: "We welcome this move by Virgin Media, which supports our commitment to ensuring Cambridgeshire is open for business to attract investment, encourage enterprise, and create new jobs.

"Faster broadband is central to boosting the local economy, which in turn helps to improve the quality of life of our communities. We will be working in conjunction with commercial providers to improve the broadband infrastructure across the county, including our market towns and rural parishes."

Virgin Media chief executive officer, Neil Berkett, said: "As people are increasingly doing more online, and getting connected to the internet with lots of different devices, having a fast, reliable broadband service should not be a luxury. We want to make sure that consumers have access to the best value broadband service and that means a superfast connection." Find out more about Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's Broadband plans