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Northampton housing estate gets fibre broadband 6 months early

Friday, October 30th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

A Northampton housing estate is getting fibre broadband up to six months earlier than expected as part of the local BDUK rollout project.

Grange Park has become the largest community in Northamptonshire to be served by fibre to the premises broadband – taking fibre cables direct into people’s homes.

The estate was not included in commercial rollouts, leading to Superfast Northamptonshire to step in as part of its work to build fibre infrastructure in areas that are commercially unviable.

The project, which works with BT Openreach, has connected each premises directly to the telephone exchange at Hardingstone to people’s homes using fibre cables.

The connections mean residents will be able to get download speeds of up to 330Mbps.

About 1,300 homes in Grange Park will eventually be able to benefit from the technology and more than 300 can already upgrade to a superfast fibre connection.

The work is being completed in phases and different parts of the community will get access to fibre at different times between now and the end of December – ahead of the original planned date of March 2016.

The extra funding has been provided by organisations including the county council, Grange Park Parish and South Northamptonshire councils, and the government.

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for economic growth and strategic infrastructure, said: “I am delighted that the county council has brought local partners together to secure a solution to serve Grange Park.

“BT and Openreach have done a great job to get the fibre in the ground so quickly.

“This is the largest community in Northamptonshire to be served by ‘fibre to the premises’ and it’s great that local residents are now starting to benefit.

'Vital to residents'

“They join more than 53,900 homes and businesses already with access to superfast fibre broadband as a result of the county council’s £16.2m investment with partners in Superfast Northamptonshire.”

Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director of next generation access, said people in Grange Park would have noticed more Openreach engineers in the area recently and they were “delighted” to be bringing fibre to the area up to six months earlier than originally expected.

Councillor Stephen Clarke, South Northamptonshire Council portfolio holder for economic development, regeneration and housing, said: “This is good news for our residents living in Grange Park.

“It has always been our intention to secure the best solution in the shortest timescale.

“South Northamptonshire attracts a high percentage of entrepreneurial activity and homeworking so an early rollout of broadband will be vital to residents and businesses alike.

“SNC has committed significant resources to the Superfast Northamptonshire project and so I am keen to see that this investment will substantially enhance our broadband provision.”

More than 73,850 premises in Northamptonshire are expected to benefit from access to superfast broadband by the end of 2017.

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