BT has secured yet another broadband contract, this time in East Sussex to the tune of £35.44m, as part of the ongoing push to bring broadband to all areas of the UK.
The deal is just the latest in the contracts won by BT in recent months in Staffordshire, worth £24.4m, and £24m in West Sussex. The latest deal is based on funding from BT, worth £9.8m, East Sussex County Council is contributing £15m and £10.64m is coming from the government as part of the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) project.
The plan is to hook up 96 percent of locations in the area to the network which should offer speeds of at least 24Mbps to all those in the region. This should help boost businesses operating in the region.
Councillor Keith Glazier, leader of East Sussex County Council, said he was hopeful the rollout would transform the county.
“It's absolutely vital this broadband technology is made available to all our residents and small businesses,” he said.
“We want everyone in East Sussex to have access to reliable and faster broadband within the next three years and I'm delighted by this announcement as it's a major step forward in the project.”
Areas such as Brighton and Hove will benefit from the rollout and communications minister Ed Vaizey said it underlined the demand for broadband across the nation.
"Widespread access to superfast broadband will provide a tremendous boost to the local economy and these plans will see 96 per cent of properties benefiting from all the benefits superfast speeds have to offer," he said.
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