Boost for more rural communities as superfast fibre broadband roll-out gathers pace across Warwickshire

Thousands more households and businesses across Warwickshire are now able to connect to faster fibre broadband for the first time thanks to the multi-million pound CSW Broadband roll-out, lead partners Warwickshire County Council and BT announced today.

Barton, Harborough Magna, Marcliff, Norton Lindsey and The Green area of Long Lawford are among the latest communities to benefit, as well as additional areas of Coleshill.

And many more areas will get access to the high-speed technology in the months ahead. Warwickshire County Council and BT have confirmed the next phase of the CSW Broadband roll-out is already underway as part of a £10 million expansion programme.

As a result, areas of Blackwell, Deppers Bridge, Model Village, Monks Kirby, Shawbury, Shustoke, Sutton-under-Brailes and Water Orton will start to be able to access faster fibre broadband from the Summer.

It’s just over two years since the CSW Broadband partnership started connecting the first premises to faster fibre as part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme. Since then, engineers from Openreach – BT’s local network business – have installed more than 270 new road-side cabinets, making fibre available to more than 47,000 homes and businesses.

Tonino Ciuffini, Head of Information assets at Warwickshire County Council, said: “This is fantastic news for all of these communities. The CSW Broadband project now has more than 270 live cabinets, and more are coming on stream each week. As the project progresses we are enabling more and more communities to enter the high-speed digital age, which is exactly what we set out to do when we embarked on this journey nearly five years ago.”

Colin Bannon, BT’s Regional Director for the West Midlands, said: “We know from the high take-up rates of fibre broadband in Warwickshire that local households and businesses are keen to upgrade to this new technology – and our project teams are working hard to reach even more rural parts of the county as quickly as possible.

“Whether a person is running a small business or working from home, or a busy family is wanting to connect a number of devices to the web at the same time – everything is easier, faster and better with fibre broadband.”

Local people can get more information and updates from the CSW Broadband website – – and via Twitter and Facebook.

It’s an ‘opt in’ service, but because the network is being installed by Openreach it is ‘open’, so residents and businesses wanting to upgrade have a choice of fibre broadband service providers, with more than 140 now operating in the UK. Local people choosing to upgrade will be able to get download speeds of up to 80 megabits (Mbps) and uploads of up to 20Mbps*.

*These are the top wholesale speeds available from Openreach to all service providers; speeds offered by service providers may vary.

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