Combe Martin and Ilfracombe exchanges to be upgraded for 20Mbps broadband

BT has announced that Combe Martin and Ilfracombe telephone exchanges are to be upgraded to double the speed of broadband services currently available by spring 2013. The upgrade of the existing copper infrastructure will make available download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) – more than double the speed previously available from BT. This will bring a welcome improvement in broadband provision.

Meanwhile the area awaits the arrival of superfast broadband offering even higher speeds. As yet, none of the exchanges in the COMBEbusiness area are scheduled for upgrading to superfast broadband.  This would provide download speeds of up to 100Mbps and uploads of up to 30Mbps with even faster download speeds available.

How do we ensure we get superfast broadband?

1. Register to join the main UK superfast broadband programme run by Openreach. Exchanges will be added to the programme according to actual demand so it is important to register at

2. Connecting and Devon and Somerset is a programme to upgrade those exchanges not included in the main Openreach superfast broadband above. It is run by Devon and Somerset County Councils and other organisations and has obtained £51 million funding. Register at to ensure our exchanges are included in the programme.

Why bother registering twice?

Reliable, fast broadband is becoming one of the most important tools for business. The time taken to complete two forms will be well invested if it ensures we are able to compete on the same level as businesses in the rest of the UK.

And it’s not just businesses. We also need residents to register. Watching films and television on the internet, using government services and communicating with family and friends online are becoming integral to our lives. Without superfast broadband, we will be excluded from these activities.


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