About the Project

Outline of the project – objectives and partners

The CSW Broadband project will bring improved broadband speeds across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire – particularly in the rural areas. Funded by Central Government and Local Authority money the targets are to achieve 98% coverage at superfast speeds (minimum 30Mbps) dependent on funding, by the end of the project in late 2019. Contract 1 also required 100% availability at what is known as the Universal Service Commitment, meaning a minimum of 2Mbps by 2016. This is achieved through the Better Broadband Scheme, which closes in December 2017.

We aim to achieve the uplift to 30Mbps through the provision of a wholesale network that will cover those areas that will not be reached through commercial providers’ broadband roll-out plans. The aim of providing a high quality wholesale network is that it will not only increase superfast broadband coverage, but will also enable a wide range of providers to offer services, thus increasing competition and driving down prices for subscribers.

The project partners are:

  • Warwickshire County Council (Lead Partner)
  • Coventry City Council
  • Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
  • North Warwickshire Borough Council
  • Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough council
  • Rugby Borough Council
  • Warwick District council
  • Stratford District Council

It is anticipated that our approach will deliver the following benefits:

  • By 2019 all domestic and business premises will have broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps available, with 98% of the population across the project area able to access superfast services Improved access to broadband in rural and non-rural areas for SMEs and citizens through the delivery of increased speeds to more areas in the sub-regions
  • An opportunity for community groups and SMEs to develop broadband facilities further still on a ‘Community Action’ basis if their areas are not fully covered by the proposals
  • An opportunity for public sector partners to reduce the costs associated with their own networks through joint procurement and operation
  • Joint network facilities which will offer further opportunities for joint working and information sharing between public sector partners, including the potential for more shared services
  • Support property rationalisation initiatives by reducing network dependency on individual buildings, and facilitating future sharing of offices.

Current Status

  • Contract 1 complete – 10,889 premises able to achieve superfast speeds (defined as 24Mbps for Contract 1)
  • Contract 2 in delivery – 18,151 premises able to achieve superfast speeds (defined as 24Mbps for Contract 2)
  • We are currently out to procurement for Contract 3, with contracts due to be placed during the summer. Coverage details will be available during the autumn of 2017.

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