Eye to receive fibre optic broadband boost by end of August

Aerial pictures of Eye from the Town Hall
Aerial pictures of Eye from the Town Hall

Eye residents and businesses are set to benefit after Suffolk County Council confirmed fibre optic broadband will be coming to the town.

Work to upgrade the exchange has already begun, a Suffolk County Council spokesperson confirmed on Thursday, and it is hoped people could reach internet speeds of up to 76Mbps by the end of August.

The Better Broadband for Suffolk programme, a partnership between the council, BT and the Government, aims to create a broadband network “fit for the 21st Century” and was launched 11 months ago.

Suffolk County Council says by 2015, all premises in Suffolk will have speeds of at least 2Mbps, with 90 per cent served via fibre and 85 per cent getting over 24Mbps.

Brett Fraser, a member of the Eye Business Forum, said the internet in the town has been poor for many years - with upload speeds dropping to single-figure kilobytes at times.

“It is madness that the provision for broadband in Eye has been so miserable for so long,” he said.

“It has got to the stage that so many kids are using it, if you are a business person, as soon as the schools kick out you can’t use it (the internet) anymore.

“Everyone says it is bad in Eye and that is the last five or six years.

“It will be very much welcomed (fibre broadband) - if it doesn’t happen there will be an enormous stink.”

Robin Twigge, East Anglia regional chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses, added: “We want Government to oversee the creation of world-beating digital infrastructure that will enable businesses to grow, innovate and compete in international markets.

“This means not only raising download speeds but also upload speeds that are so important and where provision is especially inadequate.”

For more information on The Better Broadband for Suffolk programme, visit the website at www.betterbroadbandsuffolk.com