Superfast broadband available in town

SUPERFAST broadband is available for the first time in Daventry after BT upgraded the town’s internet exchange.

The development is part of BT’s Openreach programme which is aiming to make superfast speeds available to two-thirds of the UK by 2014.

Last year the Daventry Express launched a campaign to make sure the district gets its fair share of investment to combat slow internet connections in the region.

Under current plans the Chapel Brampton exchange is the only other earmarked for a fibre optic upgrade.

Fibre optic cables offer download speeds of up to 40 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 10 Mbps. BT is planning to roughly double these speeds this year.

Paul Bimson, regional partnership director for BT in the East Midlands, said: “The arrival of superfast broadband is a huge boost for local businesses and households.

“These are economically challenging times and superfast broadband can transform their experience of the internet.

“Fast and reliable internet connections are an essential part of our national infrastructure, whether we want them for boosting our businesses, delivering essential public services, education online or entertainment at home. Nobody is doing more than BT to roll out faster broadband and we want to go further. Northamptonshire County Council, along with key local business organisations, are keen to get fibre broadband to as many homes and businesses as possible and we will offer help and assistance to make that happen.”

However, it is not yet clear whether the whole of Daventry, for example Middlemore, will be covered.