Thousands more homes and businesses to benefit from multi-million pound fibre broadband partnership

Barford, Claverdon, Haseley Knob and Pailton are
among the next areas to benefit

Further broadband boost for parts of Alcester, Curdworth, Dunchurch, Fillongley, Nuneaton, Rugby and Warwick

Thousands more homes and businesses across Warwickshire and Coventry are to benefit from the multi-million pound CSW Broadband roll-out of fibre optic technology, lead partners Warwickshire County Council and BT announced today.

From this month, superfast fibre-based broadband will start to become available for the first time in parts of Barford, Claverdon, Haseley Knob and Pailton.

In addition, fibre will also ‘go live’ in areas of Alcester, Curdworth, Dunchurch, Fillongley, Nuneaton, Rugby and Warwick not already enabled by any commercial roll-out.

The first households and businesses will be able to start connecting to faster fibre broadband during this month, and engineers from Openreach – BT’s local network business – are expected to complete the upgrades in the coming months.

Councillor Tony Gillias, Rugby Borough Councillor and resident of Pailton, said: “This is fantastic news for Pailton. There are a number of people in the village who run businesses or work from home and this will bring us into the 21st Century. For young people, especially, it will be great as they will be able to make full use of all that technology that they are likely to have received for Christmas and, of course, to access the resources that they need to do their homework in a more timely manner!”

Councillor Alan Cockburn, Deputy Leader of Warwickshire County Council, said: “The CSW Broadband rollout is really gathering pace now, and this Phase brings improved connectivity to over 4,700 more properties which, taken with the previous rollout means that almost 29,000 properties will soon have access to the new fibre network”.

Ian Binks, BT’s regional manager for Coventry and Warwickshire, said: “We’re starting the New Year as we finished the last, with our teams working hard to bring fibre optic broadband to parts of the Warwickshire and Coventry that don’t already have access to the technology.

“Increasingly we’re becoming more and more dependent on the internet for work and leisure – whether it’s families wanting to use different devices at the same time, or small businesses and homeworkers, everything we do is easier, quicker and better with high-speed fibre broadband.”

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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 who they take their fibre broadband from, with more than 140 providers now operating in the UK.

During the CSW Broadband roll-out, more than 300 kilometres of fibre optic cable and around 250 new road-side cabinets will be installed to connect people to the network across the partnership area.

The project will build on BT’s on-going commercial investment in fibre. 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 – including more than 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*.

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

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