More Warwickshire communities to get faster fibre broadband for the first time due to £10 million expansion

Blackwell, Deppers Bridge, Harborough Magna, Model Village, Monks Kirby, Shawbury, Shustoke, Sutton under Brailes and Water Orton will be next to benefit say Warwickshire County Council and BT

Thousands more households and businesses across Warwickshire will be able to access faster fibre broadband for the first time as a result of a multi-million pound expansion of the CSW Broadband programme, lead partners Warwickshire County Council and BT announced today.

Blackwell, Deppers Bridge, Harborough Magna, Model Village, Monks Kirby, Shawbury, Shustoke, Sutton-under-Brailes and Water Orton will be among the communities to benefit.

Engineers from Openreach – BT’s local network business – are due to begin installing the new network this week as part of the £10 million expansion and the first households and businesses will be able to get fibre broadband from the Summer.

At the same time, the high-speed technology will be rolled out to additional areas of Bidford-upon-Avon, Ettington, Marlcliff and Nether Whitacre, which already have some fibre broadband.

It’s two years since the CSW Broadband partnership started connecting the first premises to faster fibre. Since then, Openreach engineers have installed around 250 new road-side cabinets, making fibre available to more than 45,000 homes and businesses.

Tonino Ciuffini, head of service for Warwickshire County Council, said: “This is really good news. As the CSW Broadband roll-out progresses, we are reaching deeper into the rural areas and these are just the latest communities to benefit from access to the fibre network. Many people take high-speed internet for granted these days, and forget that there are many communities where this is simply not possible. That is why the investment by Warwickshire County Council is so important for the social and economic wellbeing of our rural communities.”

Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director of next generation access, said: “As a result of the excellent progress being made by our project teams, we’re seeing the number of communities able to access the technology for the first time to continue to rapidly increase.

“Every day we’re hearing how fibre broadband is touching people’s lives in new and exciting ways. The feedback from businesses and households opting to upgrade is extremely positive, especially here in Warwickshire, where take-up of fibre broadband is higher than average at around 30 per cent.”

Local people can get more information and updates from the CSW Broadband website – www.cswbroadband.org.uk – 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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