First communities to benefit from multi-million pound Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire Superfast Broadband programme are announced

Alderminster, Fillongley, Henley-in-Arden, Kineton, Quinton, Long Marston, Snitterfield and Welford-on-Avon are among the first areas to benefit.

The first rural communities to benefit from the £15.47 million superfast fibre broadband partnership for Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire were announced today by partners BT and Warwickshire County Council.

From Spring 2014, superfast fibre-based broadband will start to become available for the first time in parts of Alderminster, Fillongley, Henley-in-Arden, Kineton, Quinton, Long Marston, Snitterfield and Welford-on-Avon. In addition, fibre will also ‘go live’ in areas of Stratford-upon-Avon and Wellesbourne not already enabled by any commercial rollout.

Further updates about the rollout will be made in the coming weeks via council briefings and the CSW Broadband website: where local people can also sign up to receive updates.

CSW Broadband is a partnership between Warwickshire County Council and its five district and borough councils, with Coventry City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and BT.

Since the partnership was announced last summer, engineers have been busy surveying the network in order to ensure rollout of the new technology is carried out in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.

The project will build on BT’s on-going commercial investment in fibre across the area. The company has already pledged to bring faster fibre broadband to more than 1.7 million homes and businesses across the counties of the West Midlands by the end of this Spring – including nearly 400,000 premises in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire – as part of its UK-wide £2.5 billion rollout.

The CSW Broadband partnership will ensure that around 40,000 additional premises in the project area will have access to superfast broadband with download speeds of up to 80 megabits per second (Mbps) and uploads of up to 20Mbps*.

The combined commercial and partnership rollouts will result in 91 per cent of the area’s homes and businesses being able to access superfast broadband.

On completion of the CSW Broadband partnership rollout, all premises within Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire will be able to access a minimum of 2Mbps.

The CSW Broadband programme is also actively seeking more funding to extend the availability of superfast broadband further across the remainder of the partnership area.

Councillor Alan Cockburn, deputy leader of Warwickshire County Council, said: “This is only the start of the rollout of a project that will take place over the next two years. The provision of faster broadband will make a real difference to the quality of people’s lives and to the competitiveness of our businesses.

“Owing to essential planning and survey work this first announcement has been a while in coming. There is a lot of work to do to roll out the network over a relatively short period and people will really see things happening quickly now.

“Additionally, the CSW Broadband team has been working to develop information showing proposed coverage down to postcode level, and this will be released very shortly.”

Approximately 250 new road-side cabinets will be installed to enable people to connect to the new fibre optic network that is being laid.

Bill Murphy, managing director of next generation access for BT Group, said: “This is a major engineering undertaking but work on the rollout has been progressing extremely well.

“Today marks a very exciting step forward for these communities because they’re a step closer to being able to access faster fibre technology.

“High-speed broadband can benefit everyone. Whether you’re a small business wanting to stay in touch with customers and suppliers, or parents with children using the internet for homework and playing games, whatever you do online, you can do it much better and faster with fibre broadband.”

When fibre has ‘gone live’ in an area, people wanting to enjoy faster fibre broadband can place an order with an internet service provider (ISP) of their choice. There’s a wide range of ISPs to choose from as the network is open to all providers on an open, wholesale basis, thereby ensuring competitive prices.

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

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