Super-fast broadband is on the way

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THE borough has joined the 21st-century revolution for super-fast communication with the launch of 4G mobile broadband.

Leigh was one of a dozen areas across the UK to be upgraded to the advanced network on Friday by communications giant EE.

A total of 187 towns across the UK now have 4G access, allowing residents to enjoy the fastest possible internet connections for their mobile phones, laptops and tablet computers while on the go.

The network upgrade will mean Leigh folk should now be able to work on the move, stay connected using social media websites or sample online music files or videos wherever they are.

Leigh was one of three places in the North West to receive the upgrade, with Burnley and Macclesfield also seeing their mobile internet connections improved.

The move is one of a number of modernisations which have benefitted Leigh in recent years, including the former Barlo radiator works being transformed into The Loom development, which includes a cinema, supermarket and restaurants, and the creation of new retail parks.

Leigh MP Andy Burnham said the roll-out was a major boost to the town and could especially help bring business and money into the area.

He said: “This is more good news for Leigh which shows we have got an infrastructure which can support 21st-century jobs.

“Perceptions of the town are changing and Leigh is increasingly seen as the place to be in terms of investment and jobs, and this can only help.”

EE CEO Olaf Swantee said: “Our 4G roll-out is continuing at an industry-leading pace, reaching more and more people in places right across the UK. We’re connecting major towns to make sure that consumers, commuters and businesses have 4G where they live and where they work.”