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Nottinghamshire broadband project unwraps 350th fibre cabinet

Wednesday, December 23rd 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

The project rolling out superfast broadband in Nottinghamshire has ‘unwrapped’ its 350th fibre cabinet just in time for Christmas.

The cabinet gives villagers in Walkeringham, near Gainsborough, access to speeds up to 80Mbps.

They join residents in East Stoke, Winkburn, Maplebeck, Worksop, Radcliffe on Trent, East Bridgford, Askham and Normanton on Soar who have been recently connected by the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire programme.

Councillor Diana Meale, chair of economic development at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We’re proud of the progress we’ve made on the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire programme and the 350th fibre cabinet presents another significant milestone for the project.

“For many people receiving smartphones, TVs, tablet computers or laptops for Christmas this year, our broadband rollout will mean that they will be able to get the best out of their new gadgets.

“Nottinghamshire remains on course to become one of the best connected counties in the country.

“What’s more, we’re moving forward with our plans to roll out more superfast broadband in 2016 and beyond, extending the digital revolution to thousands more homes and businesses.”

Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire (BBfN) has made fibre broadband available to more than 60,000 homes and businesses across the county.

The work is being carried out by Openreach, which means residents can choose from a range of internet service providers.

'Early Christmas present'

Across Nottinghamshire, more than 418,000 homes and businesses now have access to fibre broadband thanks to the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire programme and BT’s commercial rollout.

The programme is on course to ensure 95% of the county has access to fibre broadband by April next year – compared to the national target of 95% superfast broadband coverage by the end of 2017.

BBfN also has further ambitious plans to extend coverage to around 98% of the county by 2018.

Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director for next generation access in the East Midlands, said: “This is a fantastic early Christmas present. Fibre broadband provides a huge boost to villages like Walkeringham that had previously been struggling with slow broadband speeds.

“They can now look forward to 2016 knowing it’ll be easier than ever to work from home and to go online to watch the latest TV and films, play computer games, stream music or stay in touch with family and friends through social media.”

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