Superfast Surrey fibre broadband roll-out delivers first phase to homes and businesses, including in Redhill (From Redhill And Reigate Life)
Got a story? Call 01273 544544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Superfast Surrey fibre broadband roll-out delivers first phase to homes and businesses, including in Redhill
12:34pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Local News
Redhill is amongst the first 19 towns and villages in the county set to benefit in the Superfast Surrey multi-million pound partnership.
Superfast Surrey, a partnership between Surrey County Council and BT, this week announced the successful delivery of the first phase of its roll-out programme of fibre broadband to 15,000 homes and businesses.
The homes and businesses in the 19 settlements, also including Betchworth, Merstham and Nutfield Ridge, are now able to place an order for high-speed fibre broadband.
The investment has also taken place in locations including parts of Bagshot, Bookham, Cranleigh, Dorking, Guildford, and Oxted.
Superfast Surrey builds on BT’s own commercial roll-out of fibre broadband in the county, which has already made the technology available to more than 331,000 Surrey homes and businesses. The partnership aims to bring fibre broadband to nearly 100% of the county’s homes and businesses in the more rural, difficult-to-reach areas by the end of 2014. Superfast Surrey’s ‘programme area’ will provide fibre access to an additional 84,000 premises, which fall outside the private sector’s commercial plans. Surrey County Council’s deputy leader, Peter Martin, said: “This is great news and means we remain firmly on course to make Surrey the UK’s best connected county.”
Coun Martin said: “Now we’ll press ahead with the next stage of our programme to ensure almost 100% high-speed internet access by next year. “The benefits are huge, with a boost of around £30 million to the economy annually from helping firms trade online. “It is also vital for all Surrey communities to have fast, reliable internet access, so they don’t get left behind.”
Bill Murphy, managing director of next generation access for BT Group, said: “Today’s announcement is another important milestone for a partnership which is making rapid progress.”
He said: “Working with our partners, we are able to bring this exciting technology to locations where the economics and engineering challenges are that much greater. “High-speed fibre is increasingly important if local households and businesses are to make the most of the huge range of opportunities offered by the internet - whether they are seeking to start a new business, find new customers, undertake on-line training or simply wishing to browse for entertainment or leisure purposes.”
Engineers for Openreach, BT’s local network business, are building the new fibre infrastructure. Fibre to the Cabinet will be the main technology deployed. This can deliver wholesale downstream speeds of up to 80Mbps, and upstream speeds of up to 20Mbps. Fibre to the Premises technology, delivering ultra-fast wholesale speeds of up to 330Mbps, will also be deployed in certain areas, and will be available on demand throughout the whole of the fibre footprint.
The new fibre-based network is open to all broadband service providers on an equal basis. BT stated this week: “Households and businesses in Surrey will benefit from a highly competitive market, bringing greater choice and affordable prices from a wide range of service providers. “The technology will boost the competitiveness of local businesses, helping them to find new customers and operate more efficiently, whilst opening up a host of new learning and development opportunities for households.”
It continued: “People using fibre broadband are able to use multiple bandwidth-hungry applications at the same time and send and receive large amounts of data much more quickly and efficiently. “For local businesses, the fibre network will underpin the introduction of many new services and applications. “Big business applications driven by new ‘cloud’ services will be within the reach of enterprises of all sizes. “Computer back-up, storage and processing will be faster, and the use of high-quality videoconferencing will become viable.” Superfast Surrey is a pioneering two-year programme to give consistent reliable broadband access to everyone outside of the commercially served areas within the county, making Surrey one of the best connected places in the world.
Funded by Surrey County Council, BT and BDUK (Broadband Delivery UK), and managed by a joint programme team, Superfast Surrey is building a brand new fibre broadband network.