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Fibre broadband coverage extended to 17,000 premises across South Glos

Posted on Tuesday 17th March 2015 at 12:11 pm by SH (Editor)

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Even more South Gloucestershire communities than originally planned are set to get access to high speed broadband, the Great Western Broadband (GWB) partnership between South Gloucestershire Council, Wiltshire Council and BT can announce today (17th March).

As the first phase of the rollout completes this month – on time, under budget and with even more premises covered – more than 17,000 homes and businesses will have access to fibre broadband. This is 2,000 more than the original target of 15,000 premises when the project began two years ago.

South Gloucestershire communities which have benefitted from the GWB rollout so far include Aust, Badminton, Barrs Court, parts of Bradley Stoke town, Charfield, Downend, Lower Almondsbury, Lower Olveston, Marshfield, Pucklechurch, Rangeworthy, Rudgeway, Severn Beach, Thornbury town centre, Tockington, Tormarton, Warmley, Wick, Wickwar and Winterbourne. Horton and Hawkesbury Upton will also get access to fibre broadband by the end of this month.

Of the 17,000 premises, up to 14,000 will be able to access speeds of more than 24Mbps with the remaining 3,000 premises having access to improved broadband speeds up to 24Mbps.

When combined with BT’s commercial roll-out it means that more than 105,000 households and businesses in South Gloucestershire can now get fibre broadband.

Cllr John Goddard, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Resources Sub Committee, said:

“The additional coverage of 2,000 households and firms across South Gloucestershire has meant that more communities have been able to benefit than we originally planned when the rollout of superfast broadband began two years ago. It’s a great achievement to have completed the first phase of this rollout on time to more premises within the original funding. We are already planning ahead towards the second phase of the rollout when even more communities will be able to benefit from having access to superfast speeds.”

More: More than 140 km of fibre cable laid »

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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South Glos broadband project includes a further 1,000 premises in its plans

Posted on Wednesday 24th September 2014 at 12:02 pm by SH (Editor)

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An additional 1,000 rural homes and businesses in South Gloucestershire are to benefit from the rollout of high-speed fibre broadband thanks to the £35.6 million Great Western Broadband (GWB) partnership between South Gloucestershire Council (SGC), Wiltshire Council and BT.

Work has progressed well with the current rollout and the project has been extended to include the following rural communities within the existing funding: Aust, Hawkesbury Upton, Horton, Marshfield, Winterbourne and additional parts of Pucklechurch and Downend.

SGC has also announced the inclusion of a number of industrial parks and trading estates across South Gloucestershire including Emerald Park Industrial Estate in Emersons Green, additional parts of North Road Industrial Estate in Yate and Westerleigh Business Park, also in Yate.

The first homes and businesses in these locations will be able to order fibre broadband services from early spring next year.

Extending the rollout will increase the total number of premises served by the project to 16,000 on completion in spring 2015.

Cllr John Goddard, Chair of Resources Sub Committee, said:

“I am delighted to be able to announce that communities in Aust, Hawkesbury Upton, Horton village, Marshfield, Winterbourne and additional parts of Pucklechurch and Downend will benefit from the current rollout. We are pushing the fibre broadband coverage as far as we can within the available funding to include as many communities in the rollout as possible.”

“We recognise that not all areas in South Gloucestershire will benefit from the current rollout of superfast broadband. Due to ‘state aid’ rules the council is not currently able to invest in areas where there is already a commercial provider. However, we are working hard to try and find a solution and source further funding so that the project can be rolled out to even more premises.”

More: How to find out if you will benefit from the project »

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South Glos superfast broadband project reaches 6,500 premises

Posted on Thursday 28th August 2014 at 9:59 am by SH (Editor)

BT Openreach: Fibre broadband is here.

6,500 homes and businesses in South Gloucestershire now have access to fibre broadband thanks to the multi-million pound Great Western Broadband (GWB) partnership between South Gloucestershire Council, Wiltshire Council and BT.

In reaching this milestone, the partnership exceeded the original target of 5,000 South Gloucestershire premises by summer 2014 as the roll-out continues to gather pace.

One community which has benefited from this success is Bradley Stoke where more than 500 homes and businesses are now able to benefit from the roll-out earlier than expected as their street cabinet has already gone live ahead of the expected autumn date. [1]

Nationally, the Government announced that more than one million UK homes and businesses now have access to superfast broadband as a result of the UK wide state-aided rollout programme to areas not served by commercial operators. Up to 40,000 premises are gaining access every week and the programme will extend superfast broadband to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017.

Cllr John Goddard, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Resources Sub-Committee, said:

“We have always been focused on reaching our target of 94 per cent of homes and businesses in South Gloucestershire to have access to superfast broadband speeds by the end of March 2015 and we are well on the way to achieving this.”

“The project has been performing strongly and we have already exceeded our original target to reach 5,000 premises by the summer. Having passed 6,500 premises, we have now set ourselves an ambitious new target to reach 10,000 premises by the autumn and at least 15,000 premises by spring 2015.”

“We recognise that not all areas in South Gloucestershire will benefit from the current roll-out of superfast broadband. This is because we are not able to invest in areas where there is already a commercial provider. However, we are working hard to try and find a solution and source further funding so that the project can be rolled out to even more premises.”

More: Project is bringing benefits to families and businesses »

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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Three more South Glos villages set to benefit from superfast broadband

Posted on Thursday 23rd January 2014 at 9:07 am by SH (Editor)

BT Openreach: Fibre broadband is here.

Charfield, Rangeworthy and Wickwar are the latest South Gloucestershire villages to benefit from a multi-million pound superfast broadband partnership between South Gloucestershire Council, Wiltshire Council, and BT.

The first homes and businesses in these villages will be able to order fibre broadband services by summer 2014.

The £35.6 million project, which is also funded by the UK Government’s Superfast Britain programme, is rolling out fibre broadband to more challenging areas that fall outside the private sector’s commercial plans.

Councillor John Goddard, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Resources Sub-Committee, said:

“I am delighted to announce three more villages will be able to benefit from the roll out of superfast broadband. We recognise that high speed internet connections are vital for South Gloucestershire residents as well as our businesses and this is another milestone reached in this large and complex infrastructure project.”

“By the end of March 2015, 94 per cent of premises in South Gloucestershire will have access to superfast speeds of 24Mbps and above.”

Charfield, Rangeworthy and Wickwar join Wick, Pucklechurch, Lower Almondsbury, Olveston, Rudgeway, Tockington, Tormarton and Bradley Stoke which were announced last year as some of the first communities to be included in the partnership’s roll-out plans. The project is on track to enable more than 5,000 homes and businesses in South Gloucestershire to connect to fibre broadband by the summer. All premises within the project area will have access to a minimum speed of 2Mbps by March 2016.

Bill Murphy, managing director of next generation networks for BT Group, said:

“We are continuing to make excellent progress in South Gloucestershire and this is another important step forward for the partnership which is taking this game changing technology to locations where the economics and engineering challenges are that much greater.”

“High-speed fibre is vitally important if our businesses and homes are to make the most of the huge range of opportunities offered by the internet.”

The project aims to lay nearly 100 kilometres of fibre cabling and install more than 50 new street cabinets. More information on the project can be found at www.southglos.gov.uk/broadbandfaqs

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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