Work gets underway to extend multi-million pound CSW broadband roll-out of superfast broadband

Work is underway to extend the CSW Broadband roll-out of faster fibre broadband to a further 14,600 homes and businesses, Warwickshire County Council and BT confirmed today.

The latest expansion will see the high-speed technology becoming available for the first time this Summer in areas of Aston Cantlow, Avon Dassett, Edge Hill, Farnborough, Fenny Compton, Great Alne, Little Kineton, Norton Lindsey, Oxhill, Radway, Ullenhall and Upper Tysoe.

The roll-out will reach 3,600 additional homes and businesses by the end of 2016 and the majority of the remainder by the end of 2017.

During this period, the CSW Broadband programme will also be extended in parts of Alcester, Bidford-on-Avon, Brailles, Claverdon, Coleshill, Curdworth, Furnace End, Harbury, Haseley Knob, Kineton, Pailton, Rugby, Snitterfield, Southam and Wellesbourne.

Councillor Alan Cockburn, deputy leader of Warwickshire County Council, said: “We recognise the vital importance of superfast broadband for both residents and businesses. In an increasingly global world it is vital that our businesses can compete on a level playing field, and good communications infrastructure is essential to ensure the vitality and sustainability of our local economy. It’s a relatively short time since this project started, and a lot has been achieved already. We appreciate that it is frustrating for those who are still waiting for faster broadband, but the team are rolling out the new fibre network just as fast as they can.”

Colin Bannon, BT’s regional director for the West Midlands, said: “CSW Broadband is a huge engineering programme but the roll-out is going extremely well. This new phase will ensure even more communities in the most difficult to reach parts of the county are able to access faster fibre broadband.”

Warwickshire County Councillor Philip Johnson, Chair of Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: “Superfast broadband has become an accepted part of everyday life. This project is bringing 21st Century communications to our rural areas, which is vital for people to be able to carry out their work or, increasingly, for their social lives and leisure time”.

It’s around 20 months since the CSW Broadband partnership started connecting the first premises in Warwickshire, Solihull and Coventry to faster fibre broadband. Since then, engineers from BT’s local network business, Openreach, have installed 245 new road-side cabinets, making fibre available to more than 43,000 homes and businesses.

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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