BT has begun work on rolling out superfast broadband services to 8,000 more homes and businesses in Hampshire as part of a £13.8m deal in the county.
The deal was signed in March 2013 and, one year on, the council has confirmed that BT will now bring services to a vast part of the county, from Ashurst to West Wellow.
Other areas to receive the higher speeds are Basingstoke, Cadnam, Downton, Fawley, Gosport, Hythe, Lee-On-Solent, Lockerley, Long Sutton, Lymington, Lyndhurst, Milford-On-Sea, Odiham, Overton, Romsey and Totton.
The rollout follows the successful completion of the first stage of the project that has given 5,050 premises in parts of Basingstoke, Gosport, Hart and the New Forest access to high-speed broadband services.
Leader of Hampshire County Council, councillor Roy Perry, said the latest rollout showed that the county was on track with its aim of bringing good-quality broadband to as many people as possible.
“This is bringing internet services to people in the county's rural communities who would otherwise be left with limited access or none at all, because the commercial market will not reach them,” he said.
"We recognise access to superfast broadband will play an increasingly important role in Hampshire's social and economic development, as well as in our strategy to tackle isolation and access to services in rural areas."
BT’s regional partnership director for the Southeast Peter Cowen said the rollout was key for firms in the area. “Access to fast broadband is an essential tool for local businesses and can be a catalyst for the creation of new jobs. High-speed technology is a must, not a luxury, for business in the modern age,” he said.
The rollout is just one of many BT is working on, with plans to roll out broadband to 70,000 premises in Devon and Somerset due to be completed by July, as part of a £94m scheme.
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