TAMESIDE is among six areas set to be the first to benefit from full fibre broadband technology following a successful funding bid by the Council.
Tameside will receive a share of £10 million from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to install fibre optic cables that will enable Tameside to have Internet connectivity at speeds unrivalled anywhere else in the country. The money will be used to install fibre optic cables linking the main Towns across the borough.
This kind of full fibre technology, so called because the entire connection from exchange to user is fibre, can provide data at speeds of up to forty gigabits per second. To put this into context, one gigabit per second enables you to download a HD TV programme in five seconds.
Tameside Council’s Executive Member for Performance and Finance, Cllr Jim Fitzpatrick, welcomed the news. He said, “This is fantastic news for Tameside residents and businesses. Our Borough will be one of the first areas to get this super-fast broadband connectivity which is currently only available to 2% of properties in the UK. Along with our digital business incubator hub at Ashton Old Baths, this Broadband could turn Tameside in to the Silicon Valley of Greater Manchester.”
The news follows the official opening of Tameside’s digital, creative and media hub, Ashton Old Baths, last year. The building, which was refurbished using grants from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), offers flexible office space, small business incubator services and event space. These will now all be complimented by the new high-speed broadband connection.
The project has the backing of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the support of regional Metro Mayor, Andy Burnham, who pledged in his manifesto to make Greater Manchester a “digital city”.
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