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Essex village gets fibre broadband as county rollout hits 40,000

Tuesday, August 4th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

The rollout of fibre broadband in Essex has reached the picturesque village of Dedham.

About 180 homes and businesses in Dedham can now access superfast speeds after the county’s first ‘all-in-one’ fibre cabinet was switched on.

The cabinet combines both the existing network cables and new fibre technology.

Normally a new fibre cabinet is installed next to the existing one, as was the case when other premises in Dedham were connected to fibre in November 2014.

An additional cabinet will be installed in the village in the coming months to connect 487 homes and businesses.

The total number of premises reached by Superfast Essex has now reached 40,000 – a third of the programme’s current target.

Councillor Kevin Taylor, parish councillor for Dedham Village, said: “I am delighted at the arrival of new fast broadband in Dedham.

“I understand that this single cabinet is the first of its kind in Essex. The rollout of superfast broadband is a huge benefit to the people and businesses of Dedham and the surrounding areas.

“Making sure rural areas get the same services as towns is vital. That's why I'm pleased that Dedham is moving into the faster broadband age.

“Our area has had real problems with internet speeds and phone signals. This is just the start of a big effort to change that.

“I very much look forward to the future phases of the programme and, I hope, increased coverage for those areas of Dedham which have not yet been upgraded.”

'Promising step'

Superfast Essex, run by Essex County Council with additional funding from the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme and the private sector, aims to take fibre broadband to around 95% of premises in the county by early 2020.

Cllr Penny Channer, deputy cabinet member for economic growth and infrastructure and waste and recycling, said: “This is fantastic news for Essex.

“Our investment in bringing faster broadband to rural areas is fast becoming a reality for many in the county.

“Being able to use new and innovative technology will play a key part in supporting the county’s future growth and prosperity by supporting rural businesses.

“This is another promising step in Essex’s journey to become one of the best connected counties in the world.”

Dave Hughes, BT’s regional director for the East of England, said: “The Superfast Essex rollout is a huge engineering undertaking but is progressing extremely well.

“Everyone is committed to delivering the best value for the partnership, whilst of course connecting communities as quickly as possible.

“The partnership builds on BT’s commercial fibre broadband programme, which has already made fibre broadband available to more than 581,000 households and businesses in the county.”

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