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Thousands more homes in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire to get fibre broadband

Wednesday, February 17th 2016 by Ellen Branagh

The rollout of fibre broadband in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire is being extended to reach an extra 14,600 homes and businesses.

The CSW Broadband programme, a partnership of eight local authorities with BT and the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, is already on track to give 40,000 premises access to superfast broadband.

Combined with commercial rollouts, it means 91% of the area’s homes and businesses will have access to superfast broadband by spring this year.

An expansion of the scheme will take the technology to an extra 14,600 premises, Warwickshire County Council and BT has announced.

The latest expansion will see the high-speed technology becoming available for the first time this summer in areas of Aston Cantlow, Avon Dassett, Edge Hill, Farnborough, Fenny Compton, Great Alne, Little Kineton, Norton Lindsey, Oxhill, Radway, Ullenhall and Upper Tysoe.

The rollout will reach 3,600 extra homes and businesses by the end of 2016 and most of the remainder by the end of 2017.

During this time, the CSW Broadband programme will also be extended in parts of Alcester, Bidford-on-Avon, Brailles, Claverdon, Coleshill, Curdworth, Furnace End, Harbury, Haseley Knob, Kineton, Pailton, Rugby, Snitterfield, Southam and Wellesbourne.

Councillor Alan Cockburn, deputy leader of Warwickshire County Council, said: “We recognise the vital importance of superfast broadband for both residents and businesses.

“In an increasingly global world it is vital that our businesses can compete on a level playing field, and good communications infrastructure is essential to ensure the vitality and sustainability of our local economy.

'Frustrating'

“It’s a relatively short time since this project started, and a lot has been achieved already.

“We appreciate that it is frustrating for those who are still waiting for faster broadband, but the team are rolling out the new fibre network just as fast as they can.”

Since the CSW Broadband partnership connected the first premises in Warwickshire, Solihull and Coventry to fibre broadband 20 months ago, Openreach engineers have installed 245 new roadside cabinets, making fibre available to more than 43,000 homes and businesses.

Residents and businesses wanting to upgrade can choose from a range of providers.

Colin Bannon, BT’s regional director for the West Midlands, said: “CSW Broadband is a huge engineering programme but the rollout is going extremely well.

“This new phase will ensure even more communities in the most difficult to reach parts of the county are able to access faster fibre broadband.”

CSW Broadband is a partnership of local authorities in Coventry, Solihull, and Warwickshire and the boroughs and districts of North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby, Warwick and Stratford on Avon, along with BT and BDUK.

When the second phase is complete, it will increase the percentage of homes and businesses able to access fibre broadband in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire to nearly 94% when combined with commercial rollouts.

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