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South East region reaches one million ADSL connections
Wednesday 06 July 2005 12:39:00 by Andrew Ferguson

It does not seem long ago, that BT were announcing 5 million BT Wholesale based broadband connections across the UK, in fact it was only 3 months ago. Well today sees the South East region break its own milestone, with its one millionth connection, which is up from 880,000 three months ago.

The breakdown by County in the South East is shown below:

  • Berkshire: 107,000
  • Buckinghamshire: 110,000
  • East Sussex: 92,000
  • Hampshire: 184,000
  • Isle of Wight: 12,100
  • Kent: 180,000
  • Oxfordshire: 76,000
  • Surrey: 142,000
  • West Sussex: 99,000
“This is great news for the South East and the UK as a whole. Broadband is now a genuinely mass market product. The nature of the broadband debate has changed, with the focus moving away from availability and much more towards the ways in which broadband can transform our lives at work and at home. The UK is fast becoming a broadband nation and broadband has a key role to play in the economy, enhancing competitiveness, driving up productivity and promoting growth.”

Alison Ritchie, BT’s chief broadband officer

The potential coverage for ADSL services in the South East should reach something like 99.9% of premises once the final exchanges are upgraded. These upgrades should all be done by the end of Summer 2005 hopefully.


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