Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Connecting Cambridgeshire - Superfast Broadband Briefing - April 2013

Working together with BT 

It may seem that things have gone a bit quiet since 8 March when we signed contract with BT for the comprehensive roll-out of better broadband across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. However a lot of work is going on to prepare for the next phase of the Connecting Cambridgeshire programme.

The Connecting Cambridgeshire team is working closely with BT to ensure the roll-out is delivered swiftly and effectively to make the best use of the public investment. We are sharing offices with the BT Openreach team at Cambridgeshire County Council’s Shire Hall, Cambridge to facilitate this.

For BT Openreach, this means drawing up schedules and carrying out surveys to re-design the core network and expand the reach of fibre broadband across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This is a large-scale project which will involve upgrading over 100 telephone exchanges and installing many more new cabinets across the county

Alongside this, the team has started working with county and district planning and highways teams to make the process for rolling out better broadband as smooth and efficient as possible.

The roll-out

The network deployment is a significant engineering project and needs to be carefully planned. However the roll-out will start as soon as possible and is due to be completed by the end of 2015, which means we are on track to deliver what we promised and more.

We are not able to provide detailed timing and areas of roll-out at this stage, however you can be assured that over the life of the programme it will reach every community in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough that currently lacks access to broadband services. We expect to be able to tell you more in May about when we will be able to announce the first phases.

Parish annual meetings

We are aware that Parishes are holding their annual meetings and you may wish to give an update. Attached is a short article which may be useful for local newsletters and website.

Updates and FAQs

We will endeavour to keep you informed through monthly Broadband Briefs.

Regular updates, media coverage and FAQs will be posted on the Connecting Cambridgeshire website and the project team can be contacted by email at contact@connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk if you have any further queries.

Connecting Cambridgeshire update for Parishes/Community Groups

Connecting Cambridgeshire signed a milestone contract with BT in March 2013 that means businesses and communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will have some of the best fibre broadband coverage in the country by the end of 2015.

Overall 98% of homes and businesses across the county can expect to have access to fibre-based broadband by the end of the contract. Our targets are for more than 90% of homes and businesses to be able to get broadband speeds of 24 Mbps and higher, with a minimum of 2 Mbps to very nearly 100% of premises.

Connecting Cambridgeshire is now working with BT Openreach on planning and surveys for the roll-out of the new broadband infrastructure, which will require a substantial re-design of the network across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

This large-scale project will involve upgrading over 100 telephone exchanges and installing many more new cabinets across the county. The roll-out has to be carefully planned in to make the best use of public money. Once BT has completed the initial design we will be able to publicise the phased roll-out, which is due to begin before the end of 2013.

Nearly 25,000 homes and businesses have supported the Connecting Cambridgeshire campaign, which is the largest of its kind in the country. Active campaigning has now closed, but you can still register your details to keep up to date with the programme or view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk