3rd Dec, 2016

Superfast broadband set for parts of district

Leamington Editorial 8th Oct, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

WEB-SURFING rural residents are set to see things speed up online.

Parts of Alcester, Edge Hill, Farnborough, Fenny Compton, Great Alne, Henley-in-Arden, Kineton, Moreton Morell, Sambourne, Studley and Tysoe are among the next communities to benefit from Superfast Broadband access.

Hundreds of households and businesses in some of the most rural villages in Warwickshire will be able to get faster fibre broadband for the first time in the coming months thanks to the £10 million expansion of the CSW Broadband roll-out.

In order to upgrade to faster fibre broadband, engineers from Openreach, BT’s local network business, need to lay hundreds of metres of new fibre optic cable and often install a new cabinet in each village.

The CSW Broadband partnership started connecting the first county premises to faster fibre broadband two and-half-years ago as part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme. Since then, engineers have installed more than 300 new roadside cabinets, making fibre available to more than 54,000 homes and businesses.

Upgrading to fibre broadband does not happen automatically. It’s an ‘opt in’ service. Because the network is being installed by Openreach. It is ‘open’ so residents and businesses wanting to upgrade have a wide choice of fibre broadband service providers.

Warwickshire County Council spokesman Coun Alan Cockburn said: “We always said that this project was about bringing superfast broadband to the hardest to reach areas, and that is very evident in this latest wave.

“Because of the different ways communities and individual properties are connected to the main communications network – especially those on ‘exchange only’ lines – often the CSW Broadband project team is not able to let people know when they are able to access fibre broadband until after the upgrade work has been completed, and they are able to order an upgrade. One thing is for sure though, a lot of people who would never have got faster broadband will see a real uplift through this work.”

Visit www.cswbroadband.org.uk for further details.