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Superfast broadband rollout puts Nottinghamshire on course to be one of 'best connected counties'

Monday, September 7th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

More than 52,000 homes and businesses in Nottinghamshire can now get superfast broadband as part of the county’s rollout programme.

Just weeks after announcing the milestone of 50,000 properties across Nottinghamshire, the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire (BBfN) programme said it has already added another 2,400 premises across the county.

The project has also switched on its first ‘All in One’ fibre broadband cabinet in the market town of Warsop.

The landmark achievement has been reached just 14 months after the first properties in the programme went live.

Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire said it is 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 programme, which is being delivered by Nottinghamshire County Council in partnership with BT, also plans to extend coverage to around 98% of the county by 2018.

Councillor Diana Meale, chair of the economic development committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “The BBfN initiative is one of the largest and most ambitious infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Nottinghamshire.

“We're switching on new fibre broadband cabinets in communities at a rate of around one every other day, so I would urge people to keep checking our website to see when their property is able to connect to the faster service.

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

“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.”

'Onesie'

The county’s first ‘all-in-one’ fibre cabinet, in Warsop, in Mansfield, has also gone live in the past few weeks, giving access to download speeds of up to 80Mbps to 138 homes and businesses in the area.

The ‘Warsop onesie’ combines the existing copper service with the new fibre technology into one cabinet and helps reduce the number of street cabinets, as well as being less expensive to maintain.

Cable.co.uk has previously reported how an all-in-one cabinet in Essex had helped take superfast speeds to an extra 180 homes and businesses.

In Nottinghamshire, further ‘onesie’ cabinets are planned for Tuxford, New Ollerton, Dunham-on-Trent, Caunton, Woksop, Whatton, Retford, East Stoke, Edwalton, Misterton, Saxilby, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Beeston, East Bridgford, Bawtry, Hucknall and Newark.

Funding for BBfN 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.

New fibre cabinets are expected to go live at regular intervals during the coming weeks and months.

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 just Hertfordshire and Surrey scoring higher.

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