Construction begins on next-generation broadband network for Worcester - The Worcester Observer

Construction begins on next-generation broadband network for Worcester

Worcester Editorial 30th Aug, 2022 Updated: 30th Aug, 2022   0

A NEW infrastructure project has begun that will see faster broadband built in Worcester, with internet provider BeFibre starting work on its future-proofed network in the latest phase of a £100million private investment.

This means residents will soon be able to enjoy broadband speeds 13 times faster than the fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) coverage that currently operates in most of the UK.

The firm plans to deliver fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connectivity for around 27,000 properties and has scheduled a phased rollout with the first homes expected to be broadband ready later this year.

BeFibre’s sales director, Tim Dagnell-Scott said the team are utilising existing ducts so they don’t have to dig up the city’s roads allowing them to connect homes faster while being better for the environment.

He added: “As a country, there’s a lot of work to be done to provide communities with the internet connectivity they truly need.

“That’s why we’re working hard – and at pace – to deliver a future-proofed broadband network in underserved areas.

“If you see us in the area, come and talk to us – we want to speak to as many residents as possible to understand what makes Worcester tick.”

The BeFibre team have been working hard to connect with Worcester residents, including appearing on the High Street and at the CrownGate shopping centre earlier this month.

Worcestershire County Council cabinet member with responsibility for economy and skills, Counc Marc Bayliss said: “I am delighted that Worcester is part of the BeFibre nationwide roll-out and welcome this investment in the city.

“Our digital infrastructure will now be significantly improved to futureproof the network – something which will make a real difference to our city.

“Residents and businesses need to have access to full-fibre broadband if they are to embrace modern digital services, and it is vital that everyone in a community gets access to ultrafast, reliable connections – and the opportunities that come with it.”

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