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Details of Nottinghamshire broadband extension project published
Saturday 23 May 2015 14:28:08 by Andrew Ferguson

Two weeks after the original announcement of the contract being awarded to BT and with the General Election out of the way we now have the detail of Superfast Extension Project in Nottinghamshire.

The £6.3 million project (mostly funded by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, with some extra funding from BT itself) is aiming to bring fibre based broadband to another 15,000 homes and businesses. A further 2,000 premises in the Bassetlaw and Newark and Sherwood Districts will benefit from a part two of the extension programme to increase availability in what are currently the least fibre enabled districts.

At the end of the project the goal is to have brought fibre based broadband to 97% of premises in the County as part of the national goal to make superfast broadband available to 95% of premises. The Nottinghamshire roll-out is anticipated to complete in Spring 2018, and our current fibre coverage estimate is 93.3% which is edging closer to the phase 1 target of 95% (target date March 2016), with superfast trailing closely at 89.9% (an increase of 0.2% compared to 10th May 2015).

"Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire is making tremendous progress and I'm delighted that another 17,000 homes and businesses in the area will now be getting access to superfast speeds. The Government's rollout of superfast broadband is on track to take coverage to 95% of the UK by 2017, and Nottinghamshire's own target of 97% will make it one of the best connected counties in Britain.

Digital Economy Minister, Ed Vaizey

Ed Vaizey MP has possibly confused the various targets, so we would like to emphasis that the 97% target in Nottinghamshire is for fibre based broadband, and if the gap between fibre based and superfast (30 Mbps or faster) is maintained, we expect that 93.6% will have access to a 30 Mbps or faster service. Targeted use of FTTP (or maybe even some G.Fast) depending on cost efficiency should mean the national goal of 95% is reached.

If the previously announced £3bn investment by Virgin Media to expand its network goes ahead, the expanding cable network might even push superfast coverage past 95%, as things stand now some 64% of premises in the county can opt for an ultrafast broadband service.

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