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West Sussex businesses "transformed" by fibre broadband boost

Sunday 17th May, 2015

From Chichester in the west to Manor Royal Business Park in the east businesses are realising the benefits of superfast broadband, thanks to Better Connected.

Our ambition to provide access to superfast broadband services for the majority of the county is now yielding results with local businesses keen to embrace the technology, and make savings.

“Put simply, superfast broadband enables us to work smarter, faster and to compete on a global scale. It has transformed what we do” said Ben Davis, Managing Director of Chichester Design.

Around 36,000 more homes and businesses are now able to connect to better, faster broadband across West Sussex. The achievement marks the half-way point of the Better Connected project to ensure that more than 90% of the county can get access to superfast broadband by spring next year.

West Sussex County Councillor David Barling, cabinet member for residents’ services said: “This is our most ambitious year of engineering with new broadband services going live in every district providing access to better, faster broadband to thousands more homes and businesses. The County Council recognises the need that business has for fast and reliable broadband to compete effectively and we are keen to attract and retain our business by giving them the best advantage.”

Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director next generation access, said: “The half-way mark for the joint partnership is great news. High-speed broadband helps businesses grow, attracting inward investment and providing a boost to the local economy.”

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said:

"It's fantastic to hear that our rollout of superfast broadband across West Sussex has passed the half-way point. 36,000 more homes and businesses are now able to get superfast speeds as result, all part of our plans to ensure West Sussex, and the rest of UK, is prepared for the demands of the digital age."