In this issue of In Touch there’s news about villagers in Plaistow who will be putting new broadband boosting technology through its paces as they take part in a pilot scheme to test out Long Reach VDSL. Elsewhere in the region new ultrafast locations have been announced as Openreach unveils a new 'pilot' network. Thousands of people in Gillingham and Newbury are now able to get some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country.
And a partnership between local residents and BT is to make high-speed fibre broadband available to more than 170 houses in the Royal Earlswood Park community, in Surrey as another Community Fibre Partnership deal is agreed.
There’s also news on how BT played a key role in Britain’s America’s Cup challenge. And BT has announced a partnership with the National Film and Television School (NFTS) based at Beaconsfield Studios, Buckinghamshire, to encourage people to train as broadcast engineers and production technologists to help combat the current skills deficit in the sector.
Finally, BT has appointed a senior executive, Mark Sexton, to head up its public sector business in the South East and London. Mark will lead a 22 strong team, with a strategic focus on building long term, local relationships with organisations such as local government, local health authorities, universities and housing.
Dave Axam, Chair of the South East Regional Board