Superfast broadband in Northamptonshire is moving quickly. The first stage of the Superfast Northamptonshire project was completed last December - three months ahead of schedule and under budget.
Since stage one began in March 2013, fibre broadband infrastructure has been installed as part of a network which serves over 61,300 premises in Northamptonshire, of which more than 57,500 now have access to superfast broadband (download speeds above 24Mbps).
Stage Two has already started with the first cabinet going live – nine months ahead of schedule. Six new fibre cabinets from this stage are already live, serving parts of Corby, Horton and Piddington.
Partnership equals investment of £23.1m
Together, the first two stages of Superfast Northamptonshire will see more than 73,850 premises benefit from access to superfast broadband by December 2017 involving a £16.2m public commitment and £6.9m from BT.
Superfast Northamptonshire is a result of Northamptonshire County Council’s (NCC’s) partnership with BT with the work being carried out by Openreach, BT’s local network business. This means that local people with access to the fibre network can choose from a range of internet providers and competitive pricing.
The number of Northamptonshire households signing up to a fibre broadband package is continuing to grow and is already higher than originally expected. Nearly a third of homes and businesses across the county have already signed up, with some ward areas reaching more than 40 per cent.
NCC has ambitions to see the whole of Northamptonshire benefit from Superfast Broadband and has already secured plans for 96 per cent of the county to be able to secure access. The ‘When and Where Map’ on the Superfast Northamptonshire website shows clearly the most up-to-date indication of coverage across the county so far - www.superfastnorthamptonshire.net
To read the latest Superfast Northamptonshire blog, click here
Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) view Northamptonshire as one of the top performing Superfast Broadbrand projects in the UK.
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