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BT's infrastructure subsidiary Openreach has hailed the impact its ultrafast broadband technology will have on businesses.

The organisation is currently rolling out fibre-to-the-premises technology in Bradford following successful trials in the area last year.

According to Emma Peace, a Senior Project Manager at Openreach who is heading up the Superfast West Yorkshire scheme, this is very good news for local businesses.

Indeed, she told the Telegraph & Argus that with the new network in place, companies will be able to offer more to customers, such as free Wi-Fi, as well as perform tasks such as processing transactions much faster.

"The overall message for Bradford is really positive," Ms Peace commented.

"It already has excellent coverage in our commercial programme and we are continuing to invest in Bradford, both through our partnership with Superfast West Yorkshire and our ultrafast programme.”

Ultrafast broadband offers speeds of up to 1Gbps and Openreach is aiming to make it available to 12 million premises by the end of 2020.

This will be achieved through a combination of fibre-to-the-premises deployments and the use of technology.

The latter approach has proved controversial to those who are critical of BT for persisting with copper-based broadband systems.

For instance, Vodafone recently commissioned a study that found that under BT's current plans, the technology will increase ultrafast coverage for households by less than five per cent.

The research by Point Topic also revealed that just 6.5 per cent of households can expect to receive gigabit-capable fibre-optic cables by 2020 unless action is taken.

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