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West Midlands to get access to ultrafast home broadband

West Midlands to get access to ultrafast home broadband

Technology
One million households in the West Midlands will be able to access ultrafast gigabit-capable broadband from March, Virgin media says.The company says the switch-on of its gigabit services is the largest in the UK, and will be available in Coventry, Birmingham and the surrounding areas.Gigabit technology allows for download speeds of more than 1,104 megabits per second. The average UK speed is 54Mbps.But the ultra-high speeds will cost at least £62 a month - that's £744 a year.Customers who pay for the high-speed connectivity will be able to download an ultra-high resolution 4K film of 20 gigabytes in a little over three minutes, rather than the hour it would take on an average connection.Virgin's gigabit offering is already available in Southampton, Manch...
Rolls-Royce safeguards 7,000 jobs in East Midlands

Rolls-Royce safeguards 7,000 jobs in East Midlands

Business
Rolls-Royce has secured more than 7,000 jobs in the East Midlands after announcing its biggest single investment in the UK for over a decade.The engineering giant said it would be investing the majority of the £150m in a new test bed in Derby.This facility would test large civil aero-engines creating up to 200 jobs.There will be no compulsory redundancies in Derby, or Hucknall and Annesley in Nottinghamshire - safeguarding 7,000 jobs for five years.Rolls-Royce has further axed plans to close a precision machining facility in Derby, which would save about 150 jobs.Live updates from the East MidlandsSimon Hemmings, from the Unite union, said the deal was "a once in a generation type of investment and a big commitment to the UK"."It's about keeping jobs in Derby for 25 years plus and we are h...