SUPER FAST broadband is to be received by Hailsham households and businesses in the latest BT upgrades to be completed by Autumn 2012.
The Hailsham exchange is one of 10 exchanges in East Sussex included in BT’s ｣2.5 billion rollout of fibre broadband.
Some 85,000 more homes and businesses will benefit in the county with 195,000 already receiving the new super-fast network.
The network is being built using a mix of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP) technologies.
Both of these provide much faster speeds than those previously available to many UK homes and businesses.
FTTC will be delivered to street cabinets and currently offers download speeds of up to 40Mbps and upstream speeds up to 10Mbps – Openreach plans to double these.
The FTTP, where the fibre goes directly to homes and businesses, will offer speeds of up to 100Mbps.
This upgrade is part of BT’s Openreach plan to make super-fast fibre broadband available to two-thirds of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2015.
Wealden MP Charles Hendry said: “The announcement today is one that will be welcomed by the whole community.
“These updates are an important step for Hailsham, and come as a significant development for the area. Some of the areas here have struggled with their internet connections for a long time.
“Faster broadband is a real benefit to householders and provides businesses with a competitive advantage.
“It enables people the opportunities to work from home, increase the business prospects for companies, and allow more access to educational tools for young people.”