BUSINESSES and organisations across the town will soon have access to super fast wireless and fibre broadband thanks to a groundbreaking move by Eastbourne Borough council.
The cutting-edge technology will cost the council £357,000 and is due to be launched in January 2012.
It will deliver accelerated download speeds from 10 Megabits per second up to 1 Gigabit per second.
The package of measures also includes genuinely free Wi-Fi coverage across the Eastbourne seafront.
At a cabinet meeting recently, the council agreed to take the equity investment in CloudConnX, a company developing the super- fast broadband technology in Eastbourne.
The council says it will benefit from an income stream as the business grows with a future value in excess of the initial investment over the next five years.
Council leader David Tutt said, “Access to high-speed broadband connectivity is a must-have for any business looking to relocate or implement major expansion plans.
“This technology, which is complementary to conventional broadband services, will help us overcome a significant barrier to increased inward investment and growth of our existing commercial sector.
“The council’s corporate plan makes a very clear committment to the support of the economy in Eastbourne, and the provision of super-fast wireless broadband represents a significant contribution to this strategic objective.”
Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce president Christina Ewbank said she was delighted with the deal.
“This is clearly good news for local businesses and a major plus point for any commercial decision-makers looking for a viable business location,” she said.
“With a major airport an hour away, a major port 20 minutes away, great quality of life on the coast and a super-fast broadband offering, Eastbourne will be the perfect choice for new companies considering relocation.”
Martin Lulham, the managing director of CloudConnX, said, “The CloudConnX service will offer rapid delivery of ultra-fast wireless and fibre optic-based broadband circuits throughout Eastbourne under local control and management.
“It will release the Eastbourne economy from the constraints imposed by national agenda and regional priorities.”