Birmingham Broadband Hub

The British Computer Society (BCS) and Broadband Expert report that three-quarters of Birmingham now has the capability to receive fibre-optic broadband, a larger share than any other city in the country; Birmingham "77 per cent" ready for fibre, Next generation broadband in the UK is led by Birmingham.

The figures from BT highlight 77 per cent of telephone exchanges have been fitted with the new 21st Century Network Platform. The investment by BT has allowed 574 000 lines to be upgraded in Black Country and Birmingham area including Solihull and Staffordshire.

the new network was “an entirely new broadband service, not simply an improved version of what already exists”. He added “Every aspect of the service is new. It will play a major role in helping Birmingham and the region as a whole attract and retain inward investment. The world of telecommunications is moving at a staggeringly fast pace.
http://www.broadband-expert.co.uk/blog/broadband-news/next-generation-broadband-in-the-uk-is-led-by-birmingham/77976


The investment by BT sits alongside the Free Information Zone project to provide city centre visitors with broadband access that was launched in 2007 and also the recent announcement that Government plans broadband internet in every UK home by 2012. This announcement aims to achieve a universal service committment to give broadband internet access to every UK home by 2012 in time for the Olympics.

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bounder said…
"The investment by BT sits alongside the Free Information Zone project to provide city centre visitors with broadband access that was launched in 2007"

I really don't think even BT could claim the FIZ to be broadband - it's a portal to a very limited number of websites, that hasn't had enough publicity or many users at all (2,000 a month at last count)

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