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Long-awaited broadband boost for South Norfolk homes

PUBLISHED: 11:15 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:15 29 November 2017

Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Homes left out of an increase in South Norfolk’s broadband coverage will see improvements after all - after a council stepped in to give some of those missing out better wireless internet.

South Norfolk Council has already invested £570,000 in the Better Broadband for Norfolk programme, which has seen access to superfast broadband increase from 15pc in 2013 to more than 83pc today.

This figure is expected to rise to over 91pc by 2020.

Unfortunately, this work will not reach everyone - so to help those residents and businesses improve their connection speed, the council has invested further and is working with Norwich-based InTouch Systems to deliver a download speed of at least 10Mbps to as many addresses as possible.

Michael Edney, deputy leader of South Norfolk Council, said: “A decent broadband service is essential in nearly every aspect of our modern lives – shopping, homework, video streaming, social networks and so much more.

“The current broadband speeds have left some residents and businesses feeling excluded and frustrated making it vitally important that we did something to help – and we have.”

Steve Temple, from InTouch Systems, said: “We are very proud and excited to be awarded the contract by South Norfolk Council to provide sustainable, reliable, fast broadband.

“We are familiar with the challenges faced by local communities and businesses with limited broadband, having worked together with other local areas developing our innovative ITSwisp service to move them forward into the 21st century.”

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