More than 50,000 homes and businesses can now access superfast fibre
broadband speeds above 24Mbps - thanks to the Superfast Northamptonshire
This milestone marks a significant achievement within the first stage
of the ambitious project, led by Northamptonshire County Council in
partnership with BT.
The news comes as phase one of Superfast Northamptonshire looks set
to be completed ahead of schedule whilst a phase two deal between the
county council and BT is being brought forward by nine months to start
later this year.
The latest areas to benefit are Cottingham, Gretton, Hartwell,
Middleton, Nassington, Rushton, Warmington, Eaglethorpe and Wilbarston.
The announcement comes on the same day as the Government announced
the nationwide rollout of superfast broadband has now passed more than
three million UK homes and businesses. The rollout is on track to reach
95 per cent of the UK by 2017 and is now reaching around 5,000
additional premises every day.
Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: “We are transforming the
digital landscape of the UK and our nationwide rollout of superfast
broadband has now reached an additional three million UK homes and
“I congratulate Northamptonshire County Council on having reached
more than 50,000 properties in the county so far - they’re making
Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for
economic growth and strategic infrastructure, said: “Since the first
cabinet was set up in February last year, engineers have been working
very hard in laying down the infrastructure for superfast broadband.
“Without the multi-million pound public and private sector investment
in this project, people living and working in these areas would not
have access to superfast broadband services – leaving great chunks of
the county behind.
“This is delivering real benefits. Clearly there are the economic
advantages to these areas but these links enabled by superfast broadband
are also increasingly important when it comes to providing services and
forging links between communities.”
Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director for next generation access,
said: “Today marks important milestones, both locally and nationally,
for the superfast broadband revolution. This exciting technology is
transforming the opportunities for communities across Northamptonshire
and the UK as a whole. Engineers from BT’s local network business,
Openreach, are rolling out the technology at a world class pace,
reaching more premises every week.”
So far, more than 230 green roadside fibre cabinets have been
installed, connected and switched on and more than 420km of optical
fibre cable has been rolled out – almost enough to stretch from
Northampton to Dublin.
The county council’s partnership with BT will see over 73,850
premises benefit from access to superfast broadband by the end of 2017.
To access the benefits of superfast broadband, residents and
businesses should contact their internet service provider and enquire
about an upgrade - it will not happen automatically.
When this major fibre roll out is complete, about 95 per cent of
premises in the county will be able to take up superfast broadband
services when the private sector’s commercial rollout is also included.
The benefits to families and businesses will be transformational. The
county council’s target is to see full coverage by the end of 2017.