More than 2,200 Bolton businesses and homes can now benefit from high-speed fibre broadband rolled out by the £15 million Get Digital Faster programme across Greater Manchester.
The milestone was marked with a launch of a further green street cabinet in Spa Road, Bolton.
By 2016, there will be more than 70 green street cabinets bringing high-speed fibre broadband to more than 6,000 homes and businesses across Bolton, thanks to the Get Digital Faster partnership involving Bolton and BT.
Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Resources, Cllr Ebrahim Adia, said: “I’m delighted that Bolton residents and businesses will start to benefit from further high-speed fibre broadband under the Get Digital Faster programme. Faster internet connections will particularly help our small to medium sized businesses to compete in a 21st century economy, and is key to encouraging business growth.”
The Bolton achievement ties in with the national announcement that the Broadband Delivery UK rollout of high-speed broadband has reached 2 million homes and business across the UK.
Bill Murphy, managing direct Next Generation Access, added: “This marks a giant step forward in the rollout of fibre broadband in Bolton, Greater Manchester and across the UK. In Bolton more than 2,200 homes and businesses now have access to high-speed fibre broadband thanks to Get Digital Faster.
“In March next year more than 6,000 Bolton homes and businesses will have access and more than 99 per cent of the eight-council area in Greater Manchester when you take into account commercial rollouts.
“Working in partnership with Bolton we have been able to reach into the heart of scores of communities across the region that have so far been beyond the reach of this vital technology.
“Residents and businesses in Bolton can look forward to download speeds of up to 80 megabits per second and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps.
"This will bring benefits to homes and businesses alike. Businesses will be able to conduct their transactions more quickly and efficiently and households will be able to surf the internet, download large files of information, upload photographs, and download music, films and television programmes all at the same time, and more quickly than ever before."
The Get Digital Faster programme, launched in June last year, has already delivered high-speed broadband access for 16,000 across Greater Manchester.
The North West European Regional Development Fund has provided £4.9 million, BT £4.6 million, £3 million is from Broadband Delivery UK initiative and Greater Manchester councils £2.5 million. The Get Digital Faster programme is being delivered by Transport for Greater Manchester and BT on behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
Residents or businesses who want to find out more about Get Digital Faster can visit www.get-digital.info