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BT Deal Extends Fibre Broadband to 2200 Herefordshire Premises

Openreach today confirmed they will deploy their “superfast fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) network to cover a further 2,200 homes and businesses in the UK county of Herefordshire (completion by the end of 2019), which comes after BT signed a new GBP887K contract under the Fastershire project.[1][2][3] The Herefordshire County Council has already signed one Phase 2 roll-out deal with Gigaclear[4], which will deploy Gigabit capable FTTP[5] to an additional 8,000 premises in the region by 2020 (here[6]). Today’s announcement reflects a second Phase 2 signing, albeit with a different operator (funded by GBP218,000 from the council and GBP668,000 from BT).

Phase 1 of the original project enabled 83% of premises (35,000) in Herefordshire, and 82% in Gloucestershire, to gain access to speeds of 30Mbps+. By comparison the Phase 2 project is expected to increase coverage in Herefordshire to 95% (97% in Gloucestershire) through various contracts with both Gigaclear[7] and BT.

Councillor David Harlow, Cabinet Member for Economy, said: “We are striving to enable as many properties in Herefordshire to access faster broadband.

By working with BT in Hereford, Fastershire will ensure that more homes and businesses will be able to benefit from superfast speeds.”

Steve Haines, Openreach[8]‘s MD of NGA, said: “This major expansion of the Fastershire programme means more great news for people living and working in Hereford and we’re delighted to be playing such a key role. Just two years ago, Britons used less than half the data they do now on their home broadband and this pace shows no signs of slowing.

Consumers are doing more and more online and at the same time, from streaming high definition movies and TV, gaming, online shopping to using mobile devises over wireless broadband. Every day the number of services delivered to us online, whether designed to entertain, educate or meet our daily needs, is growing. Content and applications will only get more sophisticated making high speed broadband vital for doing all your essential tasks online, so I hope that communities take full advantage of the technology as it arrives.”

Between both counties the Fastershire programme has so far reached an additional 96,516 premises, including upgrades at 99 exchanges, 702Kms of new fibre optic cable and the installation of 407 new street cabinets.

The project claims that it will help to boost the local economy by GBP420m over the next ten years.

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  1. ^ Openreach (www.openreach.co.uk)
  2. ^ FTTC (www.ispreview.co.uk)
  3. ^ Fastershire (www.fastershire.com)
  4. ^ Gigaclear (www.ispreview.co.uk)
  5. ^ FTTP (www.ispreview.co.uk)
  6. ^ here (www.ispreview.co.uk)
  7. ^ Gigaclear (www.ispreview.co.uk)
  8. ^ Openreach (www.openreach.co.uk)

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