Fifty businesses in Malvern are the first to benefit from the gap funded project to improve the availability of superfast broadband services across Worcestershire.
The contract was signed with BT back in August 2013 with the goal of building on existing superfast services in the county to reach a coverage level of 90% with the option of a 24 Mbps or faster connection.
The first cabinet to go live is in Spring Lane, Malvern benefiting 56 businesses and another cabinet in Leigh Sinton Road went live on 30th May bringing faster downloads and uploads to 79 homes.
"We recognise how important high-speed fibre broadband is for our businesses and Worcestershire's future economy.
We have, therefore, focused on making high-speed broadband available to business premises as well as to Worcestershire's homes. To this end, we have worked to ensure that the first cabinets to go live from the partnership will serve not only residents but also a key business location, Enigma Business Park, where we know the availability of high-speed broadband will help successful businesses to continue to compete and grow. It is yet another reason for businesses to locate here. This is great news and a taste of what is to come around the County."Councillor Simon Geraghty, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure
The goal of 90% with access to superfast speeds (even if just 24 Mbps) looks to be a difficult one for Worcestershire since our estimate is that 80% would get 30 Mbps or faster, with an additional 3.5% getting something in the 24 to 30 Mbps region. These figures will climb if the project addresses some of the 4.3% of premises in the county that are exchange only based lines, another way other counties are hitting the target is to deploy some native FTTP. We have asked BT whether some FTTP or EO work is planned in Worcestershire and have also done some of our own checking but as yet have not find out anything.