B4RN broadband ducts reach Quernmore in north Lancs
Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN) has issued an update on its fibre optic broadband deployment in Lancashire.
The community project said its rollout is "moving apace", with digging of the phase one ducts reaching the village of Quernmore near Lancaster and heading over to Abbeystead, which is located about 5.5 miles to the south-east.
Houses covered by the network are being connected with ducting of similar thickness to TV cables, in preparation for the launch of the fibre optic broadband service, which will deliver speeds of up to 1,000Mbps.
Quernmore is the hub of the activity, with one of two nerve centres situated in the village, linking all B4RN customers to the internet via the fibre optic connection.
"The green-coloured cabinet, which houses all the necessary electronics for this wizardry, sits unobtrusively in the village and has recently been powered and populated ready to revolutionise internet connectivity for the residents," explained Tim Dawson of B4RN.
It is thought that the first stage of the project, incorporating the core network that will serve the second and third phases, will cost £1.86 million.