Thousands more Worcestershire homes and businesses to get fibre broadband boost thanks to £3.7 million expansion
Tuesday 7th March, 2017
The Superfast Worcestershire broadband partnership has announced a major £3.7
million expansion that will enable around 3,000 more households and businesses
in some of the county’s smallest communities to get superfast broadband for the
Additional communities across all
six districts in Worcestershire have been earmarked for upgrades as part of the
multi-million pound roll-out, lead partners Worcestershire County Council and
BT announced today.
They include parts of Wickhamford, Throckmorton,
Wick, Heightington, Teme Valley including Eardiston and Stockton on Teme, Holt
Fleet, Shelsley Beauchamp and Berrow Green.
The upgrade work will begin in 2017 and take approximately 18
months to complete.
It is being funded by a combination of efficiencies and BT
investing new funds as well as some reinvestment of earlier funding under the
terms of a ‘Gainshare’ mechanism in the contract, triggered by strong take up
of fibre broadband. Nearly 40 per cent of county households and premises able
to upgrade to the new technology have already chosen to do so.
wide-ranging benefits of fibre broadband include:
The postcode checker on the
website, which people can use to find out if their postcode is included in the
roll-out, will be updated in the coming weeks. A map indicating the new areas expected to benefit can be viewed here.
- High quality, speedy online access when connecting
several devices to the internet at the same time;
- Playing games, streaming music and watching catch-up
television without any buffering;
- Using the internet for homework, shopping and other
services more quickly and easily;
- Being able to quickly share large files and photos via
email and over the internet
Minister of State for Digital and
Culture, Matt Hancock, said: "Nine out of ten homes and businesses in the
UK can now get superfast broadband, and we are reaching thousands more every
week. I'm delighted that the high take-up rate in Worcestershire means that
there is now extra funding that will help us reach another 3,000 more
properties across the county."
Councillor Ken Pollock, Cabinet
Member for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure, said: "The Superfast
Worcestershire partnership has made a huge difference to people and businesses
across the county. They are better connected and able to access greater
opportunities. Now, the partnership is taking superfast coverage even further
than we had originally envisaged. This latest announcement shows the commitment
of the partnership to ensuring that Worcestershire is connected. It is great
news that more people will be able to benefit from the new communications
technology that is often taken for granted by those who already have access to
Ian Binks, BT’s Regional Manager
for Worcestershire and the West Midlands, said: “Around 248,000 households and
businesses across the county can now access superfast fibre broadband as a
result of Superfast Worcestershire and private sector investment by companies
like BT – and we are determined to go further. BT is committed to making
superfast broadband as widely available as possible.
“Whether you’re working from home,
doing homework or online shopping, everything is easier and faster with fibre
Upgrades do not happen
automatically. People wanting to benefit from fibre broadband need to order it
from their chosen communications provider. Because the network is being
installed by Openreach – BT’s local network business – local households and
businesses can choose from a wide range of companies offering competitive fibre
broadband products and services.