We did it – 65,000 now have superfast!
|The Superfast Essex programme has successfully completed the first phase of its superfast fibre broadband rollout to 65,000 homes and businesses. Superfast download speeds of 24Mbps and above are available to 87% of Essex premises. The target was achieved three months earlier than scheduled with the programme finishing its £24.6million Phase 1 rollout at the end of June ahead of the original expected finish in September this year, after starting work in April 2014.
In that time 355 new green fibre cabinets have been installed across Essex and more than 600km of fibre cable has been deployed – enough to cover three and a quarter laps of the M25 or the distance from Braintree to Land’s End, in Cornwall.
The early finish of Phase 1 has allowed the programme to continue with the rollout efforts and move into the next phase of the programme (Phase 2) early. Engineers from BT’s local network business, Openreach, are now extending coverage to another 51,000 homes and businesses, thanks to a further £18.9million investment from ECC, BT, Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and other local councils. The aim is to provide 95% superfast broadband coverage across the county by the end of June 2019 when the second phase of the BT rollout and Gigaclear’s Superfast Essex Rural Challenge Project are completed.