Another thirteen cabinets have been upgraded to provide Openreach Fibre to the Cabinet services, this time in the Manningtree area (10 in Tendring, three in Babergh). This means some 4,000 homes and businesses will have the chance to benefit from faster downloads and uploads.
The Tendring District Council website carries the news, along with various quotes from members of the Council. Of most interest is the following:
"Our Regeneration and Planning Departments have been working very closely with BT to facilitate this deployment, including pre-application meetings and we are now reaping the results of these discussions,
Superfast broadband for more than 4,000 homes is a good start and it will only be a matter of months before others quickly follow"Tendring District Council Leader Neil Stock
We have featured news about where cabinets have been refused, and seen cases where BT has had to remove a cabinet due to complaints, so to see a council actively engaging to help in this matter must be welcomed, and while the green cabinets are not the prettiest bit of street furniture their presence can have an economic impact meaning businesses stay in an area, rather than gravitate towards towns where faster affordable broadband is available.
More upgrades are due in the area over the coming months, with cabinets being upgraded in the Clacton, Frinton and Wivenhoe exchange areas. The Princes Theatre in Clacton played host to a half day summit for businesses on Tuesday so they could learn more about Superfast Broadband and social media amongst other topics. For those in the area there are contact details for the Enterprise Liaison Office for those firms wanting to find out more about the roll-out.