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Staffordshire's superfast broadband rollout reaches 50,000 homes

Tuesday, July 7th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

The rollout of fibre broadband in Staffordshire has reached its halfway point, with more than 50,000 premises able to access superfast speeds.

Superfast Staffordshire, part of the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, is a partnership between Staffordshire County Council and BT.

The latest parts of the county to benefit from the rollout include areas of Froghall, Ipstones, Wetley Rocks, Cellarhead, Cheddleton, Werrington, New Chapel and Talke.

Councillor Mark Winnington, Staffordshire’s cabinet member for economy, environment and transport, said: “More than 50,000 properties can now connect to high-speed broadband thanks to the rollout of our programme.

“It is making a real difference to communities across the county, whether it’s for learning, business, leisure or to access other services.

“Superfast Staffordshire is another demonstration of the public sector working with business for effective delivery and is connecting communities in both rural and urban areas.”

Superfast Staffordshire is building on BT’s commercial rollout of fibre broadband to take superfast coverage in the county to 97% of premises by spring 2016.

'Easier, better and faster'

The £27m project is being funded by a £7.44m investment from Staffordshire County Council, £7.44m from BDUK and £12.47m from BT.

Bill Murphy, managing director of BT’s next generation access, said: “Superfast Staffordshire is a huge engineering project, and the rollout is progressing extremely well.

“So far engineers have installed nearly 400 kilometres of fibre optic cable and more than 270 new fibre roadside cabinets.

“Whether it’s families wanting to connect to the internet with different devices and tablets at the same time, homeworkers or people running a small business – everything is easier, better and faster with high-speed fibre broadband.”

The team at Superfast Staffordshire said that once an area has ‘gone live’, residents will be able to get download speeds of up to 80Mbps and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps.

Faster speeds won’t happen automatically, though. To take advantage of fibre broadband, users need to upgrade their own broadband package.

As Superfast Staffordshire uses the Openreach network, consumers are able to choose which provider offers the best deal for them.

The progress of the superfast rollout in Staffordshire can be followed on the Superfast Staffordshire website.

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