Posted: Friday 23rd June 2017
Many more communities across Herts and Bucks are set to benefit from the roll-out of superfast broadband – thanks to high demand for the high-speed fibre technology by local households and businesses.
More than 40 per cent of customers across the two counties have already opted to sign up to services rolled out by the partnership, triggering a ‘Gainshare’ award under the terms of the contract with BT which is now being used to extend the fibre roll-out further.
The extension will lead to more than 7,700 additional premises across the two counties being able to order faster fibre broadband, with around 6,000 premises able to achieve superfast speeds of more than 24Mbps.
Currently, 94 per cent of homes in Hertfordshire have access to superfast broadband, and when this latest fibre rollout programme is complete in December 2019, it should reach a total of 98 per cent of homes.
David Williams, Hertfordshire’s County Council’s Executive Member for Resources, Property and the Economy, said: “It’s great news that even more homes in the county will benefit from superfast broadband, including some hard-to-reach rural locations in the east of the county. Good connection to the internet is vital for our residents who use online streaming services, as well as for our businesses who rely on being able to connect with customers.”
Giles Ellerton, BT’s regional partnership director, said: “It’s excellent news that the rollout in Bucks and Herts is proving to be so popular. The Connected Counties team are out and about in the community doing a great job of raising awareness of the benefits of fibre broadband. The technology really does have the ability to transform the way people and businesses use the internet. Anything you can do online you can do better and faster with superfast broadband.”
The latest fibre rollout programme has also been welcomed by the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Paul Witcombe, Enterprise and Innovation Manager of Hertfordshire LEP, said: “The roll-out of superfast broadband is vital to the county’s future prosperity as it gives businesses and home workers the opportunity to explore new ways of working such as shared online workspaces, video communications and online data storage. The investment in fast and reliable connection speeds is clearly paying dividends as more and more residents and businesses now stand to benefit.”
To find out if residents or businesses can upgrade to fibre broadband they need to speak to their internet service provider to order an upgrade as they will not automatically be upgraded. To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about your area.