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New faster broadband for Nottinghamshire’s rural communities

Coun Reg Adair (second left) shakes hands on the �2.7 million contract award with Steve Henderson of Openreach, together with Ceren Clulow  and Adrian Smith (both Nottinghamshire County Council)
Coun Reg Adair (second left) shakes hands on the �2.7 million contract award with Steve Henderson of Openreach, together with Ceren Clulow and Adrian Smith (both Nottinghamshire County Council)

People living in some of the most rural parts of Nottinghamshire are set to benefit from a further £2.7 million boost to fibre broadband.

More than 2,500 homes and businesses in Bassetlaw and Newark & Sherwood districts will be included in the next phase of the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire (BBfN) scheme, after Nottinghamshire County Council awarded Openreach, a contract to deliver a third phase of work.

It will move Nottinghamshire closer to every home and business having access to broadband.

Coun Reg Adair, deputy leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “The council’s latest investment in the county’s digital infrastructure will see Nottinghamshire pushing towards 100 per cent broadband coverage, which is great news for residents, businesses and the local economy.

“More than 50 per cent of homes and businesses in the areas where we have rolled out the scheme have already signed up for faster broadband, which clearly shows demand is there.”

Detailed planning and survey work for phase three will get underway shortly, with the roll out expected to begin in spring 2019 and take around six months to complete.

And there’s further good news for the 2,500 properties included, with Openreach looking to use full fibre technology for this third contract in Nottinghamshire, meaning ultrafast speeds of up to 330 Mbps – around ten times quicker than the current UK average – available to all 2,500 premises.

Steve Henderson, Openreach’s regional director for next generation access, said: “Our work in Nottinghamshire is making a huge impact throughout rural communities.

“We’ve already reached close to 74,000 premises through our work with the county council, and we’re looking forward to going even further with this new contract.

“We know it’s important for people to be connected to faster broadband, and Openreach’s expertise, as well as being able to provide residents with the choice of internet service providers, is good news all round for the people of Nottinghamshire.”

Openreach provides the telephone and broadband network used by the likes of BT, Sky and Talktalk. So in Nottinghamshire, this means residents and business owners will still be able to choose from a wide range of broadband deals - they are not restricted to just one supplier.