This page provides information to telecoms providers to help identify opportunities for commercial telecoms investment in North and West Northamptonshire. If you would like to see other data made available then please email your suggestions to the
project team for review. All data will be supplied on an equal basis to providers.
Maximising commercial investment and market competition in the local area will be critical to the achievement of the Superfast Northamptonshire coverage targets. As a growing county the opportunities for telecoms providers are potentially lucrative, whether serving new build or retrofitting existing communities.
Why Invest in North and West Northamptonshire?
Northamptonshire has one of the fastest rates of population growth in Britain and this is forecast to continue. This is being driven by an influx of younger people and higher birth rates. This growing population will contribute to the future customer base to drive demand for superfast broadband. Together, the area of North and West Northamptonshire already has a population of almost 750,000 according to ONS mid-year population estimates from 2019, and this is set to grow to 820,000 by 2030. The local economy is growing fast too contributing over £18.9bn to the national economy, according to ONS Gross Value Added 2018 figures. Current projections by the East of England Forecasting Model (EEFM) indicate that the local economy contribution will rise to £21.7bn by 2025 and we want to exceed this target.
There are a number of suppliers operating in the county. You can find out more on the Telecoms Providers page. To view the extent of superfast and gigabit broadband coverage across North and West Northamptonshire, including subsidised plans being delivered by Superfast Northamptonshire, please visit the project's interactive When and Where map. White (unserved) premises shown highlight potential local opportunities for providers. The map also shows opportunities to upgrade superfast coverage to gigabit capable. By April 2021, superfast broadband coverage stood at 98.6% and full fibre at 19.5%.
In November 2020, the then County Council, as the Local Body responsible for broadband interventions, invited telecoms providers to participate in a State Aid and Open Market Review, to ensure that the most up to date information on existing and planned commercial coverage in the county could be taken into account. Final submissions were received in March 2020.
An Open Market Review enables new opportunities to extend superfast and gigabit capable broadband infrastructure in the area to be considered. This data helps to ensure commercial coverage and plans are properly reflected on the Superfast Northamptonshire When and Where map (non-supplier specific). The map was updated following the OMR and review in April 2021.
A range of house builders and developers are investing in Northamptonshire to meet the growing population demands. Some of the developers operating in the county are listed in the table below.
The Secretary of State has approved a series of documents relating to the compliance of building regulations in respect to superfast broadband provision.
The requirement applies to new buildings and those subject to major renovation works. The approved documentation requires the deployment of ‘in building infrastructure and the building(s) must be equipped with a common access point and suitable ducting should a network provider wish to provide a service.
North and West Northamptonshire Councils provide online weekly lists of all the new build applications they receive. These are split into geographic areas based on the former district and borough council boundaries. Please follow the links below.
North Northamptonshire Council Weekly Lists
West Northamptonshire Council Weekly Lists
Planning department contact details
The contact details for area based Planning teams in North and West Northamptonshire Councils are listed below.
North Northamptonshire Council
West Northamptonshire Council
We recognise that businesses are the catalyst for economic growth and that SMEs play a vital role in economic prosperity. According to the Business population estimates 2019, it has been estimated that there were around 5.9 million businesses in the UK. SMEs accounted for 99.2 per cent of all private sector businesses; 52 per cent of private sector employment and 48.5 per cent of private sector turnover in the UK.
Digital connectivity is key to supporting local SME’s and business growth. A map and details for many of the industrial estates and business parks in North and West Northamptonshire are available below:
Superfast Northamptonshire delivery progress
- To view Superfast Northamptonshire delivery progress, visit the Roll Out Schedule page for details of structures delivered and available for services plus what is in the pipeline coming soon.
Layers available include Conservation Areas, SSSI and Flood Risk Areas.
Publicly Available Specification - Department for Business, Innovation and Skills