Work has started on the installation of the infrastructure needed to provide faster residential and business broadband in Doncaster.
This is the first stage of the scheme and the first location to benefit will be Wheatley Hall Road, the ‘economic hub’ of the town. The project is part of the Superfast South Yorkshire programme and the first cabinet was switched on at the end of July, five months before it was expected that the services would be available.
There will be another five cabinets placed and switched on in different parts of the city, including Lakeside and Balby Carr Bank. The first phase is due for completion at the end of the year and means that around 300 premises will benefit from faster residential and business broadband.
This is a joint project between the councils of South Yorkshire, BT and the government, and by the end of 2017 the project will have reached more than 22,000 properties in the city. A number of council members attended the first switch-on, with Councillor Mordue welcoming the news that broadband services in the city are being upgraded. He said that both local businesses and residents will be able to access the faster services, which will provide new opportunities.
BT’s managing director of next generation access, Bill Murphy, has also welcomed the news of the developments in the city, saying that using the faster fibre broadband services means that things can not only be done differently but can also be done better.