Ultra-Fast Broadband to Arrive in Kent
Openreach set to bring ultrafast broadband to 26 Kent towns and villages.
04:44 30 January 2020
Openreach has announced plans to bring ultrafast broadband to 26 towns and villages in Kent. The firm’s new broadband programme aims to introduce the technology to ‘harder to reach’ areas of the UK that do not have access to fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network found in cities.
One of the first to welcome the move is Callum Knowles, an Ashford and Tenterden councillor. He said: “This is the equivalent to being handed the keys to Porsche after driving a third-hand car.”
“The aged copper-based network is being replaced with glass-fibre, the speed of which is phenomenal.
“It would take four hours for someone with a 25 Mbps to download a 4k film, but with the new speeds it could be done in minutes.”
"In fact you could download every book in Ashford library in a matter of minutes."
Mike Whiting, Kent County Council’s cabinet member for economic development, said: "We are delighted that so many of the harder-to-reach locations that Openreach is investing in for the south-east are in Kent.
"I have no doubt that full fibre will boost both the economy of the county and opportunities for people living and working in Kent, so this is great news for the area."
"Superfast broadband will really help businesses in the digital workplace to thrive, such as graphics or media firms, while allowing more people to work from home."