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Broadband Champions Update – April 2013
On April 17th, the Connecting Cambridgeshire champions met up at Alconbury to hear a progress report from the various parties involved.
Noelle Godfrey, Connecting Cambridgeshire Programme Director outlined works to on the Connecting Cambridgeshire programme (summarized below). Annette Thorpe, BT Regional Partnership Director, East of England then explained the technical and planning challenges involved in rolling out broadband across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, with the help of Tony Smith, BT Openreach Programme Manager. The BT slides can be viewed here
Overall, 98% of homes and businesses across the county can expect to have access to fibre-based broadband by the end of the contract. Our targets are for more than 90% of homes and businesses to be able to get broadband speeds of 24 Mbps and higher, with a minimum of 2 Mbps to very nearly 100% of premises.
Connecting Cambridgeshire is now working with BT Openreach on planning and surveys for the roll-out of the new broadband infrastructure, which will require a substantial re-design of the network across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
This large-scale project will involve upgrading over 100 telephone exchanges and installing many more new cabinets across the county. The roll-out has to be carefully planned in to make the best use of public money. Once BT has completed the initial design we will be able to publicise the phased roll-out and we are expercting to be able to tell everyone more detail in May.
Nearly 25,000 homes and businesses have supported the Connecting Cambridgeshire campaign, which is the largest of its kind in the country. Active campaigning has now closed, but you can still register your details to keep up to date with the programme or view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk
Grafham broadband on BBC Radio
Hear Grafham's Chris Bulow interviewed on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on 29th June, explaining why superfast broadband is so important - Click here
Local resident and broadband champion, Mark Heath, has produced a useful speed guide on his website http://www.increasebroadbandspeed.co.uk/ You will also find other useful general and technical information about broadband on this site.