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Sowerby Bridge boosted to superfast speeds

A rural town in the upper Calderdale Valley can now benefit from superfast, fibre broadband

 A rural town in the upper Calderdale Valley can now benefit from superfast, fibre broadband speeds thanks to Superfast West Yorkshire. 

Eighteen fibre cabinets have now been installed in the picturesque town of Sowerby Bridge enabling around 5,500 homes and business to access the new technology.  Further upgrades will follow in the coming months benefitting a further 980 premises.

The arrival of faster broadband brings many benefits to the community. With faster upload and downloads speeds, it makes having the whole household online, staying connected, shopping, paying bills and streaming TV even easier. Businesses can benefit too – whether it is the security of having reliable internet to work from home or the ability to compete in a global marketplace.  

On average, Sowerby Bridge customers could see speed increases of between 26 to 32 mbps with a fibre connection when compared to standard broadband, although these speeds will vary for each individual property.

The town is the latest in a number of areas to be upgraded to superfast broadband as part of the multi million pound project rolling out across West Yorkshire.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Cllr Peter Caffrey, said: “The installation of superfast broadband in Sowerby Bridge will bring real benefits to the area.

“Having a high speed, reliable internet connection is becoming more and more important as online content and use of live streaming increases. The improved speed and better connectivity of superfast broadband mean that households and businesses in Sowerby Bridge will be able to enjoy the reliability of a better internet connection.”

Tom Keeney, BT’s regional director for Yorkshire and Humber, said:Engineers have worked hard to connect up the town – often working by floodlight overnight to avoid traffic disruption. Sowerby Bridge is one of a number of areas which previously had been beyond the reach of fibre broadband but is now connected thanks to Superfast West Yorkshire.

“Together, we and our public sector partners are creating a lasting legacy, which will play a vital role in the future success and prosperity of our local communities and across the UK. Already nearly 22 million UK households and businesses can benefit from the huge opportunities offered by fibre broadband with many more joining them every month.”

The Superfast West Yorkshire project has already passed the half way mark with over 40,000 properties and businesses passed to date. The project is due to complete by the end of September 2015.


For more information about the project, to find out when superfast broadband will be delivered in your area or for more information about ISPs visit www.get-fibre.co.uk  

Superfast West Yorkshire builds on BT’s commercial investment of £2.5 billion to rollout fibre broadband to two-thirds of UK premises.

Notes to editors:

Superfast Britain is a Government programme of investment in broadband and communication infrastructure across the UK. Run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, this investment helps businesses to grow, creates jobs and will make Britain more competitive in the global race.  The portfolio is comprised of three elements:  

•             £780m to extend superfast broadband to 95% of the UK by 2017

•             £150m to provide high speed broadband to businesses in 22 cities

•             £150m to improve quality and coverage of mobile phone and basic data network services

Administered on behalf of Government by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Superfast Britain is transforming Britain by promoting growth, enabling skills and learning, and improving quality of life.

For further information: https://www.gov.uk/broadband-delivery-uk


About Superfast West Yorkshire


Superfast West Yorkshire is a partnership between all five West Yorkshire local authorities and BT.

The partnership is jointly funded by Broadband Delivery UK (part of Department of Culture, Media and Sport), European Regional Development Funds (ERDF), local authority funds and BT investments.

The initiative, which is supported by the Leeds City Region Partnership, will ensure more businesses and residents across West Yorkshire get access to fibre broadband.

Superfast West Yorkshire aims to stimulate demand for superfast broadband across West Yorkshire and will also deliver a Business Support Programme to support businesses to maximise the opportunities superfast broadband can provide.

About BT

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2013, BT Group’s reported revenue was £18,103mwith reported profit before taxation of £2,315m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. 

For more information, visit www.btplc.com

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Feb 18, 2015