Progress in bid to get the whole of South Norfolk ‘superfast’

John Fuller ANL-150219-103305001
John Fuller ANL-150219-103305001

South Norfolk Council has taken steps to ensure the entire district is connected with superfast broadband.

The Better Broadband for Norfolk Programme is working to extend broadband coverage across the county, based upon achieving the “maximum coverage possible” from the available investment. This has seen more than 1,750kms of fibre optic cable and 700 fibre cabinets installed.

We are committed to going the extra mile for residents, and will put all our efforts into assessing how alternative solutions to fibre broadband - such as wireless broadband and public WiFi - can play a role in boosting internet speeds in isolated areas

John Fuller, leader of South Norfolk Council

A second contract, known as the Superfast Extension Programme (SEP) aims to meet the Government’s target of 95 per cent being connected to superfast speeds of between 24-30mbps (megabits per second).

In the district superfast broadband availability has increased from 14 per cent to 75 per cent, covering more than 44,000 households. A further 18 per cent will be connected by 2018/19, taking the total to 93 per cent.

But the authority has moved to try to help those who could be left out in south Norfolk — approximately 5,000 homes — after their cabinet agreed to progress the development of a detailed project proposal, including costs, for a new programme enabling high speed broadband services for rural areas not covered by the initial rollout.

John Fuller, leader of South Norfolk Council, said: “It is great news for the district that we have given the green light to a proposal that will investigate how we can exceed the national and local target of 95 per cent of all households having superfast broadband.

“We are committed to going the extra mile for residents, and will put all our efforts into assessing how alternative solutions to fibre broadband - such as wireless broadband and public WiFi - can play a role in boosting internet speeds in isolated areas.”

For more information visit www.betterbroadbandnorfolk.co.uk