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Superfast broadband coming to Hampshire new-build development

Wednesday, April 8th 2015 by Dean Reilly

More than 90 homes on a new-build development in Hampshire are to benefit from superfast broadband, thanks to a deal between property developers, the local council and BT.

Both future residents and homeowners already living in the Abbotswood development near Romsey will have access to broadband speeds of 24Mbps or higher.

New fibre broadband cabinets are scheduled to be installed by the end of April, with residents able to place orders with their chosen internet service provider in the near future.

Councillor Roy Perry, leader of Hampshire County Council, said: "I am really very pleased to be able to say that, by working collaboratively with all involved, we have been able to find a solution which means that residents of Abbotswood will be able to access superfast broadband.

"Faster internet speeds are a must for most residents and businesses these days and we will continue to work with the organisations involved, in existing and future developments, for all new properties to have access to superfast broadband from 'day one'.

"In April, we will be hosting a seminar which I hope will be attended by house builders, planning authorities, internet providers and others to help ensure that high-speed broadband is available for new developments."

Councillor Perry launched Hampshire's 'Getting Connected' programme earlier in the year, aimed at ensuring that superfast broadband is available in major new developments across the county.

'Successful communities'

Tom Locke, senior technical manager for Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties, said: "We are delighted to be working with BT, Hampshire County Council and our development partners at Abbotswood to enable existing and future occupants to benefit from superfast broadband in their homes.

"As a considerate, responsible home builder we are dedicated to creating thriving and successful communities and we are pleased to be able to offer this fantastic opportunity to our customers."

Gavin Pidduck, head of regional sales for Openreach, added: "The agreement at Abbotswood shows the power of working together.

"Our close working relationship with Hampshire County Council and the developers has made this upgrade possible, bringing the benefits of superfast broadband to the residents of Abbotswood.

“The high-speed network installed by Openreach is available on an open basis to all internet service providers offering households the benefit of real choice from a highly competitive market."

Hampshire Council expects coverage of superfast broadband in the county to rise from 80% to at least 95% of premises by the end of 2018.

Cable.co.uk previously reported how digital economy minister Ed Vaizey and housing minister Brandon Lewis told councils in England to ensure new-build properties have access to superfast broadband in the future.

In an open letter, Mr Vaizey and Mr Lewis wrote that fast, high quality broadband was essential for sustainable growth across the United Kingdom.

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