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Nottinghamshire’s ‘ambitious’ fibre broadband rollout reaches extra 4,000 homes

Tuesday, October 6th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

An extra 4,000 homes in Nottinghamshire can access superfast broadband after 19 new fibre cabinets were connected in the past month.

More than 56,000 homes and businesses in the county can access fibre broadband as part of the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire Programme (BBfN) – up from the 52,000 announced in September.

In the programme’s latest update, it said the 19 new fibre cabinets have increased fibre coverage to an extra 4,000 premises across the county.

Areas that have benefited include Besthorpe, Bilsthorpe, East Bridgford, Hickling, Misterton, Netherfield, Newthorpe, Newton, Normanton on Soar, Plumtree, South Leverton and Tollerton.

This month also saw the 300th cabinet go live, organisers said, with another 97 set to be built before March 2016.

In its September update, Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire said it was on track to make sure 95% of the county has access to fibre broadband by April next year – 12 months ahead of the national target.

The project also previously announced that its first ‘All in One’ fibre broadband cabinet in the market town of Warsop had gone live.

BBfN, which is being delivered by Nottinghamshire County Council in partnership with BT, plans to extend coverage to around 98% of the county by 2018.

The programme's funding is provided by a range of organisations, including the county council, BT, Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, the European Regional Development Fund, and district and borough councils in Nottinghamshire.

On course

Councillor Diana Meale, chair of the economic development committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, previously described the programme as “one of the largest and most ambitious infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Nottinghamshire”.

"Thanks to BBfN, Nottinghamshire remains on course to become one of the best connected counties in the country,” she said.

“What's more, we're finalising our plans for continuing the rollout of superfast broadband beyond 2016, extending the digital revolution to thousands more homes and businesses.”

Nottinghamshire recently came in the top three counties for superfast broadband, according to a league table created by the CLA .

The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, scored counties on digital connectivity – broken down into scores for superfast broadband and 3G coverage – for its Rural Business County League Table.

Nottinghamshire neared the top of the table for superfast broadband, scoring 11.9 out of 15 alongside West Sussex, with only Hertfordshire and Surrey scoring higher.

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