Some 4,500 premises in the Epping Forest District Council area look set to get FTTH via a £7.5 million project just announced by Essex County Council.
The project is funded by a mixture of money from Gigaclear, UK Government, Epping Forest District Council and Essex County Council. The awarding of the contract was approved on Tuesday 23rd June with the official contract signing set to happen on the 29th June.
"We are thrilled to have been selected by Essex County Council to deliver what will be one of the fastest broadband networks in the UK. Once connected, customers on this purely fibre based network will benefit from a transformed Internet, work, communications, entertainment and play experience. Everyone in a household or business can have enough broadband capacity to do online, whatever they want, whenever they want, saving time and reducing frustration."Matthew Hare, Chief Executive, Gigaclear
If this roll-out goes well then there is an opportunity for extending the project to cover other rural areas of Essex that are not already part of the existing superfast plans. The Gigaclear network will offer their standard range of speeds from 50 Mbps to 1000 Mbps.
Epping Forest District area has fairly good coverage already at around 91 to 93% superfast coverage, but with more work needed to meet the 95% superfast target we will very likely see more interventions like this. Essex County overall has 78.2% of premises with access to superfast broadband at 30 Mbps or faster (82.9% fibre coverage). The county is edging closer to its 87% fibre coverage target adding another 0.5% in the last month.