West Country business broadband boost

It has been revealed that around 1,000 businesses based in the West Country are set to be able to access faster broadband services.

The Connecting Devon and Somerset project has been working to bring faster business broadband to 20 additional business parks located across both counties. This latest development in the project means that companies can look forward to speeds as fast as 80Mbps by the end of next year.

Among the locations benefiting from the new services are Dunkeswell Business Park near Honiton, Crown Industrial Estate in Taunton, Western Business Quarter in Weston-super-Mare, Lynx Trading Estate in Yeovil, and Lee Mill in Ivybridge. The 20 business parks are in addition to the 200 industrial estates that have already been provided with faster services or are due to be connected shortly.

The chief executive of Devon and Cornwall Business Council, Ben Rhodes, said that faster broadband is essential to help companies to improve productivity and make them more competitive in global marketplaces. He pointed out: “This is not just about doing things quicker, it’s about doing things better and differently.”

Around three million premises in the country have now been provided with access to superfast broadband and the nationwide project is on track to reach 95% of the country by the end of 2017.

The digital economy minister, Ed Vaizey, has congratulated the project for reaching the additional businesses and has described it as “incredible progress”. The chief executive officer of Somerset Chamber of Commerce, Neil Murphy, said that this investment will help companies to expand and improve their services; however, he is calling upon BT and the Connecting Devon and Somerset project to work even faster.