BT boosts county economy ‘by £81m in year’

Witney Gazette: BT boosts county economy ‘by £81m in year’ BT boosts county economy ‘by £81m in year’

COMMUNICATIONS giant BT has claimed its activities have generated £81m for the Oxfordshire economy in the past year.

The firm employs 638 staff in the county and spends a total of £2.52bn with suppliers in Oxfordshire and across the South-East.

John Weaver, BT’s South-East regional director, said: “BT and its employees make a major contribution to the Oxfordshire economy.

“They are a key part of its prosperity and economic well-being. “BT is at the centre of every community and our day-to-day work benefits every local authority area right across the UK.”

He added: “BT’s role in Oxfordshire and the South-East region as a whole is more significant than these figures suggest.

“In addition to the activities analysed in this comprehensive report, we are creating a high-speed fibre broadband network which will be essential to the future success of local businesses and households.”

Last August, Oxfordshire County Council revealed BT had been chosen to deliver its £25m so-called better broadband project.

The scheme, which will receive £14m of public money and £11m of investment from BT, will aim to have a minimum speed of 24 mbps available to 90 per cent of local businesses and homes by the end of 2015, and a minimum of 2mbps to the remaining 10 per cent.

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The scheme will be rolled out gradually to 67,000 homes and businesses, almost entirely in rural areas, between now and December 2015.

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3:23pm Sun 29 Dec 13

riman09 says...

This is what's called 'creating news' ladies and gentlemen!
This is what's called 'creating news' ladies and gentlemen! riman09

9:53am Mon 30 Dec 13

snert says...

What a load of hogwash. They can't even get broadband working properly for people that don't live in the city or towns.
What a load of hogwash. They can't even get broadband working properly for people that don't live in the city or towns. snert

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