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Fibre broadband for more rural communities in Warwickshire

Monday, May 9th 2016 by Ellen Branagh

More rural communities across Warwickshire are to get access to fibre-based broadband over the next few months as the county’s superfast project expands.

Warwickshire County Council and BT, which is leading the multi-million pound CSW (Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire) project, said the next phase of the rollout is already underway as part of a £10m expansion programme – just over two years since the first premises were connected.

As a result of the expansion, areas of Blackwell, Deppers Bridge, Model Village, Monks Kirby, Shawbury, Shustoke (pictured), Sutton-under-Brailes and Water Orton will start to be able to access fibre broadband from the summer.

They follow in the footsteps of Barton, Harborough Magna, Marcliff, Norton Lindsey and The Green area of Long Lawford, which all recently benefited from access to fibre.

Tonino Ciuffini, head of information assets at Warwickshire County Council, said: “This is fantastic news for all of these communities.

“The CSW Broadband project now has more than 270 live cabinets, and more are coming on stream each week.

“As the project progresses we are enabling more and more communities to enter the high-speed digital age, which is exactly what we set out to do when we embarked on this journey nearly five years ago.”

'Keen to upgrade'

Since the project started two years ago, Openreach engineers have made fibre available to more than 47,000 homes and businesses.

The expansion of the project, announced in February, will take fibre to an extra 14,600 premises.

Once complete, nearly 94% of homes and Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire will be able to access fibre as a result of the government-led rollout and commercial rollouts combined.

Colin Bannon, BT’s regional director for the West Midlands, said: “We know from the high take-up rates of fibre broadband in Warwickshire that local households and businesses are keen to upgrade to this new technology – and our project teams are working hard to reach even more rural parts of the county as quickly as possible.

“Whether a person is running a small business or working from home, or a busy family is wanting to connect a number of devices to the web at the same time – everything is easier, faster and better with fibre broadband.”

Picture courtesy of Rob Farrow.

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