Newsletter — April 2018

Over 61,000 properties able to connect to the fibre network

Topics in this edition:

  • Local Full Fibre Networks Challenge Fund (LFFN)
  • EAFRD
  • Gigabit vouchers scheme extended – now includes residential properties
  • Broadband on new developments
  • What does Google know about you?
  • Copy for your own website or newsletter
  • Questions and Answers

Local Full Fibre Networks Challenge Fund (LFFN)

We were informed just before Easter that our bid to the LFFN has been successful, subject to due diligence. Team members will be going to London at the end of April to meet the LFFN team and to answer questions arising from the bid. It is not known when we will hear the final outcome.

The CSW Broadband team are now investigating procurement options. We will need to procure the Public Sector Building upgrades, as per the bid, which is essentially a typical public sector procurement exercise.

However, we will also need to ensure that the bidders advise what local coverage of residential and business properties they expect to achieve, even though that is not part of the work that is funded through the project.

Market engagement has already started, as we need to understand what suppliers are realistically able to deliver as it would be a waste of time for them to specify something that is simply not deliverable.

EAFRD

EAFRD focusses on connectivity to rural businesses that would not otherwise be upgraded. The bid has been delayed as we are awaiting details from Openreach of the additional coverage that they are putting into Contract 3, so that we can then establish where the final eligible premises will be.

With the deadline of 31st May fast approaching, we are doing all that we can to ensure that a fully compliant and well-argued bid is submitted in good time.

Gigabit voucher scheme extended – now includes residential

In the Spring Statement the government committed to a vision of a full fibre Britain. As part of this commitment, a £67 million Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme has been announced.

This is an extension of the pilot scheme that was previously run in Coventry and Warwickshire, but with one important change – residential premises can now also benefit.

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small and medium-sized businesses and the local communities surrounding them, to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection.

Businesses can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can benefit from the scheme as part of a group project, which also includes businesses, and can claim for a voucher of up to a value of £500.

One gigabit is the same as 1,000 megabits – so it’s a big leap forward in connection speeds that could benefit you and your business into the future.

For full details about whether you are eligible for a voucher and to connect you to a full fibre broadband supplier, go to: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk

Please note: CSW Broadband has no involvement in the administration of this scheme, and we are unable to respond to queries about it.

Broadband on new developments

We are seeing almost daily enquiries from owners of properties on new developments asking when we will be going to their areas. The simple answer, generally speaking, is that we won’t!

Before CSW Broadband went out to tender in 2017 for Contract 3, we carried out an Open Market Review in 2016. Under this process, suppliers were sent lists of premises that appeared at that time on the Ordnance Survey AddressBase.

The data for this originates from the District or Borough Authorities, who enter the information into the Property Gazeteer. Therefore, the data can only include homes that have been built and registered, and is only as up-to-date as the District or Borough Authority data at that time.

If a property had not yet been built, or was not registered, then it could not be included in the data that was sent to suppliers.

It is not unreasonable to expect the developers to include broadband in their on-site infrastructure, and many do, however many people buy homes and expect that broadband will be provided, only to be disappointed once they move in.

To complicate the issue, there is an EU standard that required newer homes to be built as “internet ready”, so they will have network wiring around the property. However, that does not necessarily mean that there will be any connectivity from the property to the fibre network.

Buyers of any property, new or old, are strongly recommended to check the broadband connectivity situation, if it is important to them, before they buy. Don’t just take the salesperson’s word for it!

What does Google know about you?

There has been a lot in the media lately about personal data and the extent to which it is harvested, kept and shared by the services that we use every day.

Not all of this is necessarily harmful or malevolent – and some of it is essential if we are to be able to make sure of all those shortcuts and timesaving features that we take for granted.

However, it does help to know what is being kept so that you can make some informed choices.

This article on MSN gives an account of how one person tracked what data Google had harvested about him. This included (if you use these services):

  • Everywhere that you visit from the day that you turn on your telephone
  • Search and phone histories
  • Creating personalised advertisement profiles based on the websites visited
  • Every App and Extension used, who you talk to and who you follow on social media
  • All of your YouTube history – so they know what you are interested in and any potential life changes
  • Your bookmarks, email contacts, photos, who you’ve bought products from
  • Your calendar, location history, music you’ve listened to, Google books you’ve purchased, phones you’ve owned, steps you walk in a day …

You get the picture!

We would re-iterate that allowing Google to store this data enables you to make free use of some very sophisticated FREE services that we all take for granted. However, if you would like to know more, including how to stop the storage of data, this very interesting article will tell you more.

Google are not the only company doing this, and reading the article may give you the opportunity to consider what other companies might be collecting, and then to take a considered decision before clicking on the button to simply accept the terms and conditions.

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We have short articles of around 300 words that can be downloaded to use in your own newsletters of on websites. These are updated monthly.

Questions and Answers

Here are some of the Q&A’s raised recently. Our website has a full set of Q&As, which are regularly updated.

Once my new fibre cabinet is connected to the exchange (or FTTP is enabled), what then?

That is entirely up to you. We are installing a wholesale network, which means that once your cabinet has gone live (or FTTP has been enabled) any Internet Service Provider (ISP) can offer you high speed broadband (subject to availability) and there are a wide range of packages available.

Do check though that you are able to actually achieve the speeds that are advertised as the geographic issues mentioned on our website will apply in cases where a new cabinet is involved. You can check which structure you are connected to by using the BT DSL checker.

Our handy ‘How to use the BT Line Checker’ webpage will help you make sense of the DSL Checker results.

For the best results, you will need to be able to enter a BT landline number for your property. If you do not have this then you can use your address, but it may be less accurate. Do not use the postcode checker as that covers too wide an area to be of any use.

Don’t forget that you will need to upgrade to a superfast broadband package through your chosen ISP. The access is on a wholesale basis, which means that any ISP can use the infrastructure to provide their services.

You will also need to check out broadband packages carefully to get the one that is right for you. For impartial advice go to the Money Saving Expert website.

We have leaflets that can be distributed to every property that is connected to the upgraded cabinets. To find out more please visit our Become a Community Champion web page.

My phone line is connected to a cabinet that is not upgraded. How can I get it moved to a fibre-enabled cabinet?

It is an operational matter for BT as to which cabinet they connect your landline to. There is a legal obligation to provide a copper telephone connection, but not for a fibre broadband connection.

In some areas, BT are carrying out CuRE (Copper Re-Arrangement) work, which does involve moving lines from one cabinet to another. In other areas we are seeing FTTP (Fibre to the premise) installations, in which case the cabinet is irrelevant.

You can check which structure you are connected to and what speed is available to you now by using the BT DSL checker.

As mentioned earlier, for the best results you will need to be able to enter a BT landline number for your property. If you do not have this then you can use your address, but it may be less accurate. Do not use the postcode checker as that covers too wide an area to be of any use.

To see if anything is planned in your area for the future, either through this project or from commercial providers, use our unique property checker, which shows the currently planned status (down to property level) up to the end of 2019.

This information was largely derived from the Open Market Review and Public Consultation that we carried out in preparation for the Contract 3 procurement. If the coverage has been promised by the commercial provider, then we are bound by commercial confidentiality and cannot give further details.

However, if the upgrades are planned through the CSW Broadband project then you can see the status on our latest map and on the Rolling 12-Month Plan.

You can find more frequently asked broadband questions on our website.

CSW Broadband now on social media – come and join the conversation

We are now on the major social media channels and are already creating a buzz. Join in for up-to-date information and an opportunity to influence how the project develops:

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£5.5m Ultrafast Broadband Bid Successful

The CSW Broadband Project, which is bringing faster broadband to those parts of Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire where there are no commercial plans for upgrades, has learned that it has been successful in its bid of over £5.5m to the Local Full Fibre Networks Challenge Fund.

The bid will invest in bringing 1Gbps-capable full fibre networks right to the most expensive and hard-to-reach public buildings across the project area. These could include rural schools, fire stations and libraries.

The idea is that the project will go out to tender for a contractor to carry out the public sector building connectivity upgrades, and that the successful bidder will, at their own cost, upgrade connections to residential and business properties along the fibre route.

The Gigabit Voucher Scheme, which was piloted in Coventry and Warwickshire will now continue as a national scheme.

Councillor Kam Kaur, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Customer and Transformation for lead partner, Warwickshire County Council, said: “This is a real opportunity to improve connectivity at some of the hardest-to-reach schools and other public buildings. The Ultrafast, Gigabit-capable, network will be a real step-change beyond the existing infrastructure and will bring exciting education, business and other opportunities to those who are able to connect to the new network.

“It is early days, and we do not yet have the detail of what has been awarded, but the CSW Broadband team hopes to be in a position to scope the work and to start the procurement process over the next few months. Further information will be given in the project’s monthly e-newsletters, along with details of the contracted superfast broadband rollout in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire.”

To register for updates about the CSW Broadband project visit: www.cswbroadband.org.uk

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Newsletter — March 2018

Over 61,000 properties able to connect to the fibre network

Topics in this edition:

  • BT asked to model an additional £1.9m coverage
  • First surveys for Contract 3 to start shortly
  • Local Full Fibre Networks Challenge Fund (LFFN)
  • EAFRD
  • Changes within the team
  • Copy for your own website or newsletter
  • Questions and Answers

 

BT asked to model an additional £1.9m coverage

Regular readers will recall that Contract 3 has a potential maximum value of £20m, and that last year’s Invitation to Tender carried a value of £15m. Following an extremely rigorous procurement process, BT won all three Lots.

As these bids represented excellent value for money and came to a total of less than £15m, we have now asked Openreach to model an additional £1.9m of coverage to bring the value of the current contract back up to the original £15m.

We expect to receive the return any day now, and the data team will then begin the laborious task of checking the data and creating the new maps. This work will take several weeks, and we hope to be able to publish new maps showing the additional coverage in May/June of this year.

First surveys for Contract 3 to start shortly

Residents in some areas will shortly see survey activity taking place. This is the initial stages of the work for Contract 3. It is likely to be a few months yet before we see the first structures going live.

Contract 3 is different from Contracts 1 and 2 in that we have the information down to property level, and this is displayed on our map, where yellow stars denote Contract 3 work. Contract 3 is due to complete at the end of 2019.

Local Full Fibre Networks Challenge Fund (LFFN)

We are still awaiting the outcome of our LFFN bid. It is believed that there have been a number of projects from across the country who have lodged bids for Phase 2 of the fund. This bid is very different from what has gone before.

The project requirements are to connect public sector buildings to the full fibre network (i.e. FTTP) with Gigabit-capable connections. The idea is that by taking full fibre out to public buildings, the successful contractor will then connect homes and businesses along the fibre route and in the vicinity of the newly-connected public buildings.

Our data team have compiled a compelling case, but of course we do not know what other projects may have submitted. We hope to hear the outcome of this bid in the next couple of months.

If successful, the work will be very different from what has gone before, since we will be carrying out a public-sector procurement rather than commissioning a wholesale network (which is what the BDUK project has done thus far).

As always, we’ll continue to publish information in the newsletters as we receive it.

EAFRD

Because the EAFRD bid can only go to rural areas where there is no planned coverage, we are eagerly awaiting the return from Openreach for the modelling of the additional £1.9m mentioned earlier in this newsletter. This will give us a clearer indication as to where the EAFRD bid might be able to reach.

The EAFRD bid is similar to the LFFN in that it targets specific premises, but in this case we will be looking at those hard-to-reach rural businesses that otherwise would not stand a chance of getting superfast connections.

The funding will be brought into Contract 3, so the requirement will be for a wholesale access superfast network offering a minimum of 30Mbps.

We will have to prove evidence of need, so will be contacting businesses in the relevant areas once these have been identified. The requirement is for us to provide the network, not to monitor whether a service is taken up.

Once, again, we’ll publish more information as we receive it.

Changes within the team

After many years of stability, we have seen some significant changes with the structure of the team. Our Project Executive, John Parmiter, has retired after almost 20 years working for Warwickshire County Council. John started his career as a teacher, and later became a schools’ inspector.

He then ran a project to bring ICT to Warwickshire’s schools. Later John was involved in bringing Internet connectivity to schools throughout Warwickshire.

He was involved in the BDUK project (which became known as CSW Broadband) from its earliest days, and provided excellent leadership and strategic direction to the project. John’s role has been taken over by Richard Hopkins, who comes from a strong technical and contracts management background.

Gurprit Basran, who has been Project Administrator since 2012 is also moving on to pastures new. Gurprit has been the unsung hero of the team, working behind the scenes to ensure that we have all documentation in order and that the systems are running as they should.

Gurprit has been a massive support to all of us and will be sorely missed.

As far as the day-to-day running of the project is concerned, there should be little outward evidence of the changes, although we will all miss these two key members of the team and wish them both every success in the future.

Copy for your own website or newsletter

We have short articles of around 300 words that can be downloaded to use in your own newsletters of on websites. These are updated monthly.

Questions and Answers

Here are some of the Q&A’s raised recently. Our website has a full set of Q&As, which are regularly updated.

Once my new fibre cabinet is connected to the exchange (or FTTP is enabled), what then?

That is entirely up to you. We are installing a wholesale network, which means that once your cabinet has gone live (or FTTP has been enabled) any Internet Service Provider (ISP) can offer you high speed broadband (subject to availability) and there are a wide range of packages available.

Do check though that you are able to actually achieve the speeds that are advertised as the geographic issues mentioned on our website will apply in cases where a new cabinet is involved.

You can check which structure you are actually connected to by using the BT DSL checker. Our handy ‘How to use the BT Line Checker’ webpage will help you make sense of the DSL Checker results.

For the best results you will need to be able to enter a BT landline number for your property. If you do not have this then you can use your address, but it may be less accurate. Do not use the postcode checker as that covers too wide an area to be of any use.

Don’t forget that you will need to upgrade to a superfast broadband package through your chosen ISP. The access is on a wholesale basis, which means that any ISP can use the infrastructure to provide their services.

Don’t forget that you will need to check out broadband packages carefully to get the one that is right for you. For impartial advice go to the Money Saving Expert website.

We have leaflets that can be distributed to every property that is connected to the upgraded cabinets. To find out more please visit our Become a Community Champion web page.

My phone line is connected to a cabinet that is not upgraded. How can I get it moved to a fibre-enabled cabinet?

It is an operational matter for BT as to which cabinet they connect your landline to. There is a legal obligation to provide a copper telephone connection, but not for a fibre broadband connection.

In some areas, BT are carrying out CuRE (Copper Re-Arrangement) work, which does involve moving lines from one cabinet to another. In other areas we are seeing FTTP (Fibre to the premise) installations, in which case the cabinet is irrelevant.

You can check which structure you are actually connected to and what speed is available to you now by using the BT DSL checker.

For the best results you will need to be able to enter a BT landline number for your property. If you do not have this then you can use your address, but it may be less accurate. Do not use the postcode checker as that covers too wide an area to be of any use.

To see if anything is planned in your area for the future, either through this project or from commercial providers, use our unique property checker, which shows the currently planned status (down to property level) up to the end of 2019.

The information was largely derived from the Open Market Review and Public Consultation that we carried out in preparation for the Contract 3 procurement. If the coverage has been promised by the commercial provider, then we are bound by commercial confidentiality and cannot give further details.

However, if the upgrades are planned through the CSW Broadband project then you can see the status on our latest map and on the Rolling 12-Month Plan.

You can find more frequently asked broadband questions on our website.

CSW Broadband now on social media – come and join the conversation

We are now on the major social media channels and are already creating a buzz. Join in for up-to-date information and an opportunity to influence how the project develops:

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Follow us on Twitter

Follow us on LinkedIn

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Newsletter — February 2018

Nearly 61,000 properties able to connect to the fibre network

Topics in this edition:

  • Remainder of Contract 2 rollout announced
  • What’s coming up?
  • Crystal ball required?
  • Carillion telent – update
  • Hoax Slayer
  • Information for parish council websites – update
  • Copy for your own website or newsletter
  • Questions and Answers

Wave 9 rollout announced

We have now announced the areas to be upgraded in Wave 9. These appear on our Rolling 12-month Plan, where you can check progress on all structures announced to date. This is the final Wave for Contract 2, which is scheduled to be completed before the end of the year.

We are planning a major update of the mapping and the website during the spring.

What’s coming up?

Contract 3 work will be starting shortly. Initial surveys will be underway, so you may see people out and about. Please bear in mind that the survey is no indication of when work will be starting on the installations. Contract 3 brings a far higher proportion of FTTP, which is why we are hoping that an early start can be made.

Crystal ball required?

Who knows what the future will bring? The CSW Broadband team has submitted an application to the recently announced Local Full Fibre Network Challenge Fund (LFFN). This bid is somewhat different from the BDUK programme. It proposes 1Gb-capable full fibre networks to public buildings in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire.

The intention is that the procurement will be a straightforward public sector procurement, with the bidders being asked to state how many businesses or residential premises along the route will also be offered a full fibre service.

The project will not actually pay for the connections to these additional premises, but the project will stimulate the market by bringing the full-fibre network out to areas that would not otherwise have been upgraded to FTTP. The project will also include an extension of the Gigabit Voucher Scheme, that is currently being run by Central Government. We should hear the outcome of this bid during the spring.

In addition, at its budget setting on 7th February, Warwickshire County Council agreed a sum of £200,000 to provide advisers to help teachers in LFFN schools to make best use of the new technologies, and to ensure that safeguarding measures are fully understood and implemented. The schools can also act as a community hub, so that parents and local residents can also benefit from the adviser’s knowledge.

We still are a long way from securing the LFFN funding, and as we have more information about this project we will, of course, include it in future newsletters.

CSW Broadband are also preparing a bid for EAFRD (European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development) funding. This will cover those areas of Warwickshire and Solihull that currently cannot achieve superfast speeds. Again, we would hope to hear the outcome of the bid during the spring.

In both cases, achieving the funding is only the first part of the jigsaw, for the LFFN a full OJEU procurement would need to be carried out, whereas the EAFRD money can be added to Contract 3 through Change Control processes.

The currently planned Contract 3 works are due to be completed by the end of 2019.

Carillion telent – update

Since the start of the project, Carillion telent has carried out work on behalf of BT. Given the recent news headlines about Carillion, BT were asked for an update on how this situation might affect the project.

We have been assured that telent will be taking over responsibility for the contracted works, and that the same personnel will be continuing to work on the CSW Broadband project. We have been sent a link to a full statement, which can be found at: https://telent.com/news-media/news/carillion-telent-joint-venture-statement

Hoax Slayer

Hoax Slayer is a great resource to find out about the latest online scams, or to check if an email that you have received is genuine. We hear so much these days about various phishing emails (an email that pretends to come from a trusted source and seeks to gather your personal data and passwords); scams and online frauds that it can be difficult to know what’s true and what isn’t. Hoax Slayer is a great FREE resource that explodes the latest myths, and provides a search facility so that you can paste in text to see if your email is real or not.

It’s worth a read just to see how blatant some of these scams are – it does make you wonder how people can fall for some of them! However, not everybody is Internet savvy, and even those of us who think we’ve got it nailed can get caught out sometimes. For more information, visit http://www.hoax-slayer.net

Copy for your own website or newsletter

We have short articles of around 300 words that can be downloaded to use in your own newsletters of on websites. These are updated monthly.

Questions and Answers

Here are some of the Q&A’s raised recently. Our website has a full set of Q&As, which are regularly updated.

Does my service automatically change when the upgrades are complete?

No. You will have to upgrade the broadband package that you purchase to one offering superfast speeds. We are installing a wholesale network, which means that once your cabinet has gone live any Internet Service Provider (ISP) can offer you high speed broadband (subject to availability), and there are a wide range of packages available.

These will come with different products, such as films, sport and TV bundled, so it’s best to shop around. Do check before changing supplier, though, when your existing contract expires. You may have to upgrade with your current supplier in the first instance to avoid contract cancellation charges

We recommend that you check out broadband packages carefully to get the one that is right for you. For impartial advice go to the Money Saving Expert website.

Do check that you are able to actually achieve the speeds that are advertised, as the geographic issues mentioned on our website will apply in all cases. You can check which cabinet you are actually connected to by using the BT DSL checker.

For the best results you will need to be able to enter a BT landline number for your property. If you do not have this then you can use your address, but it may be less accurate. Do not use the postcode checker as that covers too wide an area to be of any use.

Can we get any help to upgrade our local network?

You can check to see if anything is planned in your area, either through this project or from commercial providers, using our unique property checker, which shows the currently planned status (down to property level) up to the end of 2019.

You simply need to enter your postcode and you will then see a list of premises and their status. The information was largely derived from the Open Market Review and Public Consultation that we carried out in preparation for the Contract 3 procurement.

If the coverage has been promised by the commercial provider, then we are bound by commercial confidentiality and cannot give further details. However, if the upgrades are planned through the CSW Broadband project then you can see the status on our latest map and on the Rolling 12-Month Plan

Before considering a community-funded scheme you should bear in mind that these take a long time to organise, and require a lot of hard work on the part of local activists. Having said that, it is entirely possible for a community to decide to raise funds and employ their own solution.

You should bear in mind that smaller suppliers do not always have the resilience of the larger companies. If you were to go with your own solution and employed a small company, then you could be facing sustainability issues further down the line.

You should also be aware that once an area has superfast broadband then our project may not be able to consider it for inclusion under future funding. On the other hand, if it is not considered to be superfast, we may later come along and upgrade the network, which could cut across the business case for any community-led solution.

One final consideration is whether your chosen solution will offer a wholesale network. This means that any Internet Service Provider can use the network to provide services to its customers. By offering a range of providers the idea is that there will be competition which will lead to a choice of packages and a range of price-points. You will not have that with a single-supplier network.

You could, of course, choose to pay BT Openreach, or another major provider, to upgrade the infrastructure in your area, but the costs are likely to be significant. Should you choose to follow this route then you may want to take a look at the Community Fibre Partnerships website.

We have been getting some good reports from people who have moved to mobile broadband. Some are achieving speeds of around 70 Mbps! This technology relies on a good mobile broadband connection so it is important to use the mobile coverage checkers available on mobile broadband supplier websites before committing.

You can access a mobile broadband connection by subscribing to a data plan with your chosen mobile operator; this can usually be done using a mobile device, a dongle, or a 4G router.

When considering this option, it is important to take into consideration your data usage. Searching around for an unlimited data package can pay off, especially if you do a lot of streaming or playing videos on YouTube.

You can find more frequently asked broadband questions on our website.

CSW Broadband now on social media – come and join the conversation

We are now on the major social media channels and are already creating a buzz. Join in for up-to-date information and an opportunity to influence how the project develops:

Follow us on Facebook 

Follow us on Twitter

Follow us on LinkedIn

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Winds of change – multi-million pound roll-out of superfast broadband reaches out to every corner of Warwickshire

Historic Ansley Common, Chesterton, Fulready, Goldicote, Grendon, Little Wolford, Ufton and Wibtoft among next places to benefit from CSW Broadband roll-out

The next phase of the multi-million pound CSW Broadband roll-out will have a positive impact on communities the length and breadth of the county, lead partners Warwickshire County Council and BT Group announced today.

It will make high-speed fibre broadband available to more of Warwickshire’s smallest, oldest communities, including those in some key agricultural areas.

They include Chesterton, near Warwick, famous for its landmark Grade I listed windmill, Wibtoft, near Rugby, said by historians to have links with the Roman times, and Ansley Common, which is listed in the Domesday Book and is believed to have links with Lady Godiva.

Areas of Ashorne Hill, Fulready, Goldicote, Grendon, Little Wolford and Ufton will also get access to the technology for the first time. This phase of the roll-out will also enable additional households and businesses in Berkswell to upgrade.

Engineers from Openreach – the business responsible for Britain’s largest phone and broadband network – will begin the upgrades in the next few months, and the first households and businesses will start to go ‘live’ in the Autumn.

Local households and businesses can follow the progress of the CSW Broadband roll-out and get updates via the project website and online map – www.cswbroadband.org.uk/latestmap

It also includes information about the areas to benefit from the £28 million Contract 3 expansion of CSW Broadband with BT Group, announced last Autumn. The roll-out is part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme.

Councillor Kam Kaur, Holder for Customer and Transformation for lead partner, Warwickshire County Council, said: “Once again the CSW Broadband project is reaching out to some of our most rural areas. Even a couple of years ago these villages could only dream of getting fibre broadband, and now it is to become a reality.

“The provision of 21st Century communications to these very rural villages will enable people not only to shop online but also use banking services and education resources that so many people take for granted nowadays. They will also be able to access a wide range of public services without the need for time-consuming and expensive car journeys – and, of course, to keep in touch with loved ones across the globe.”

Steve Haines, Managing Director of Next Generation Access for Openreach, said: “CSW Broadband is a major engineering programme which has already successfully overcome a range of technical and geographical challenges and is continuing to spread its wings to more of the most remote areas.

“Many of the homes and businesses in this next phase are served by exchange only (EO) lines which are connected directly to the telephone exchange rather than via a green roadside cabinet. In order to connect EO lines, additional roadside cabinets have to be installed and cables diverted to enable more of the county’s most remote communities to access this important technology.

“The demand for high speed broadband is increasing all the time with the internet touching virtually every aspect of our lives. Statistics show that with the growth in streaming and downloading video, fuelled by services like Netflix, YouTube and Amazon, home broadband data usage has grown at a rate of 36 per cent a year.

“Superfast broadband also breaks down barriers to doing business around Warwickshire and across the globe as it helps small businesses to find new markets, sell new products and communicate more easily and quickly with their customers, suppliers and employees.”

Because the fibre broadband network is being installed by Openreach, households and businesses have a wide choice of fibre broadband providers. Upgrades do not happen automatically. Anyone wanting to benefit need to place an order with their chosen fibre broadband provider.

Existing underground ducting is used wherever possible, minimising disruption and the need to dig up roads and pavements.

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