Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 24°C

min temp: 17°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Essex: Superfast broadband project launched

Anne Turrell, councillor for economic development at Colchester Borough Council.

Anne Turrell, councillor for economic development at Colchester Borough Council.

A superfast broadband cabinet was unveiled at Severall’s Business Park in Colchester today at the launch of a project to improve connectivity across Essex.

shares

Two other cabinets, in Rivenhall and Harlow, will be officially opened tomorrow and the three cabinets will benefit approximately 300 homes and businesses.

They are the beginning of part one of a nine-phase Superfast Essex project, a £24.6million initiative to deliver fibre broadband to more than 87% of premises in the county by the end of summer 2016, with the potential to achieve superfast speeds of 24Mbps and above.

It also hopes to win some extension funding to roll-out the scheme to 95% coverage. Additionally the programme, being delivered by BT Openreach, aims to deliver 2Mbps for all premises in Essex.

Money from the Government’s BDUK project was match-funded by Essex County Council (ECC) with additional top-up funding from BT.

It is estimated engineers will lay nearly 900km of optical fibre and install more than 400 new green fibre broadband cabinets at roadsides throughout the county.

Aimed at areas not commercially viable for fibre broadband, the project builds on BT’s own plans which have already extended superfast broadband to more than 500,000 Essex premises.

Open to all operators the new network will offer a competitive price for the service. However households and businesses have to ask their provider for the service as their connection is not automatically upgraded.

Kevin Bentley, deputy leader of ECC and councillor for economic development, said: “Not everyone will have the same speed, but wherever you are you should see an improvement.

“It is important for businesses, but also residents who contribute by shopping online, working from home, and so on. The way we operate is very different now.”

Anne Turrell, leader of Colchester Borough Council, added: “Colchester is fully behind this, and I am really happy our businesses are getting a bit more help.”

Tim Price, chairman of the Essex branch of the Institute of Directors (Iod), outlined the benefit to businesses.

He said: “We are working in a global environment with high speed communications. The ability to deploy data quickly and effectively can be the difference between being competitive.

“The IoD surveyed its membership last year and 83% said superfast broadband would make a difference to their business.

“This is a statement that Colchester is open for business.”

To check if you are connected, or when you are likely to be, visit www.superfastessex.org.

shares

1 comment

  • Whilst I'm pleased for those living in the urban areas in that they will get Superfast Broadband, spare a thought for those being left behind in rural areas who are paying at least the same taxes to ECC and yet are once again being left out, leaving them with not fit for purpose broadband speeds less than 2Mbs in the north of the county.

    Report this comment

    David Holland

    Friday, June 13, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The Bishop Of Ely, the Rt Rev Stephen Conway, centre, at the hospice site dedication in Cambridge with Mark Hart, construction director at Barnes Construction, right,  and Stuart Evans, chair of the trustees of the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.
Photo: Paul Nixon Photography

An act of dedication has taken place to mark the start of contruction work on a new £10.5million hospice in Cambridge, which is being built by Ipswich-based Barnes Construction.

Ian Carr, chief executive of Prettys

Regional law firm Prettys has reported a 13% increase in revenue for the year to April 30.

Oliver Crichton and Ruth Sunaway of Birketts.

East Anglian law firm Birketts has announced the promotion of five senior associates to partner status across its four offices, including Oliver Crichton and Ruth Sunaway in Ipswich.

The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare, Countess of Euston, presents the Queen's Award for Enterprise to Seafast.

Specialist logistics company Seafast was yesterday presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Ipswich Station hanging baskets Shows (L-R) Jackie Rathbone, Abellio Area Ticket Office Manager; Kris Collins, Thompson & Morgan Comms Officer;  Ric Staines ActivGardens Lead Horticulturist and Trainer,

Stunning floral displays are welcoming passengers at Ipswich, Stowmarket and Diss rail stations this summer thanks to a partnership between local charity ActivLives and train operator Abellio Greater Anglia, with help from Ipswich’s own horticultural company Thompson & Morgan.

Carolyn Fairbairn, who is to become director general of the CBI.

A former member of the Number 10 Policy Unit is to become director general of the CBI.

Spending on drinking and eating out remained robut during May, according to the latest Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker report.

Most Britons are planning to holiday in the UK rather than overseas as they continue to monitor their spending carefully, according to a new survey.

Bury St Edmunds coffee company Frank and Earnest is among more than 100 start-up firms to have received support under Menta's Enterprise Engagement Programme.

Bury St Edmunds-based enterprise agency Menta has completed a project to support start-ups during their first year in business.

Lieutenant Aaron Lewis from Rochford, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2008 and in whose memory the Aaron Lewis Foundation has been established to support llocal and military charities through sporting and social endeavours.

The regional arm of David Wilson Homes has raised £17,000 at a golf day, held at Stoke by Nayland, for a charity set up in memory of a soldier.

The Vivo 80 model for which Sudbury-based Specflue won an award at the Home and Hearth Exhibition Awards.

Sudbury-based chimney and flue supplier Specflue has received an award for excellence in the design, innovation and quality of its products.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages