East Sussex signs fibre broadband deal with BT for 97% coverage
East Sussex is the latest county to sign a deal with BT for fibre broadband deployment. £35.44 million is being spent to bring fibre broadband coverage to 66,500 rural homes and businesses, with 96% of these homes and businesses in the county expected to receive speeds over 24Mbps. The rollout is expected to be completed by the beginning of summer 2016. The original plans were to deploy to 100% of the county by 2017 but this now looks like only 99% will have access to fibre services. The funding split is £9.6 million from BT, £10.64m from BDUK and £15 million from East Sussex County Council.
"It's absolutely vital this broadband technology is made available to all our residents and small businesses. We want everyone in East Sussex to have access to reliable and faster broadband within the next three years and I'm delighted by this announcement as it's a major step forward in the project.
We know how many residents and businesses are frustrated by slow or no broadband access in East Sussex, especially in rural areas, it's one of the biggest issues facing our county."Cllr Keith Glazier, Leader of East Sussex County Council
The main technology being deployed will be FTTC with FTTP being used in some locations. With BT's fibre on-demand product, this will make FTTP available across the whole fibre network to those willing to pay the installation costs.
The go e-sussex websites has more details about fibre broadband in East Sussex.