The Better Broadband for Suffolk is one of the projects that is delivering improvements on a large scale, and since the 44,000 figure declared in August the project has now broken the 50,000 premises helped out by the project. The County Council has celebrated with a press release and the snippet that this means the project is half way towards it original target.
"The Better Broadband for Suffolk programme is making strong progress, bringing high-speed fibre broadband to some of the most challenging areas in the county.
The programme shows the power of the public and private sectors working together.
BT has brought technical expertise to the table as well as millions of pounds of investment.
This exciting technology is providing a major boost for local households and businesses in Suffolk, whether they are using it to work more efficiently and find new customers or for online learning and leisure.Dave Hughes, BT’s regional director for the East of England
Of course it is easy for a large project to pick numbers from thin air and campaigners often say they do not believe the figures published, which means we spend some time checking the various claims and the figures for Suffolk suggest that since the project started, an extra 50,000 premises do have access to a FTTC or FTTP based service.
Of course it is no good if most of those people are not going to see an improvement, and of the 75% of premises in Suffolk able to order a fibre based service we estimate that 91% of those premises can get a superfast (30 Mbps or faster) service, if we exclude cable broadband the figure drops to 89%. The targets are not all about who can get superfast, there is the 2 Mbps Universal Service Commitment to consider and it looks like while the fibre roll-outs have not totally cured this yet, they have improved things, since with just ADSL2+ based services around 13% got under 2 Mbps, and this has now improved to around 3% with the fibre based services available. (For avoidance of doubt the reduction from 13% to around 3% for slow services is referring to within the footprint where a cable/FTTC/FTTP service is available)