Multi-million pound boost for Norfolk broadband

From left - Karen O'Kane, Better Broadband for Norfolk Programme Director; Dr Marie Strong, Chair of the Broadband Working Group at Norfolk County Council; George Nobbs, Leader of Norfolk County Council; Mark Pendlington, Chairman of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership; and Bill Murphy, BT Managing Director for Next Generation Access. ANL-150130-143732001
From left - Karen O'Kane, Better Broadband for Norfolk Programme Director; Dr Marie Strong, Chair of the Broadband Working Group at Norfolk County Council; George Nobbs, Leader of Norfolk County Council; Mark Pendlington, Chairman of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership; and Bill Murphy, BT Managing Director for Next Generation Access. ANL-150130-143732001
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A multi-million pound boost to the Better Broadband for Norfolk programme is set to benefit residents and businesses across the county.

A £17.9 million deal has been struck by Norfolk County Council and BT, which will see an increase in the installation of fibre optic cables and roadside cabinets as part of the project, which was launched two years ago.

A spokesperson for Norfolk County Council said once installation work on both the first and second contracts is completed, it is expected that coverage of fibre broadband will reach 90 per cent of Norfolk premises.

£6 million of the funding comes from central government, £5 million from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, £1 million from the county council, while BT will contribute £5.9 million over the course of the agreement.

George Nobbs, leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “The difference the Better Broadband for Norfolk programme is making, particularly to those living and working in our villages and market towns, is remarkable.

“The broadband inequality that has previously existed in Norfolk is being whittled away and, with this extension, will be nearly eradicated. The whole county stands to benefit from the knock-on effect, with at-home learning and working and rural entrepreneurship among the opportunities that will be unlocked.”

It was also revealed further investment is planned for Norfolk’s broadband network to the tune of £6.4 million, with the aim of making high-speeds available to 95 per cent of the county, in line with national targets. Further details of how this will be spent will be revealed following discussions.

For more information on the programme, visit www.betterbroadbandnorfolk.co.uk