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Full fibre for 5,300 more premises in Cambridgeshire

Another bit of the UK can look forward to full fibre connectivity as more than 5,300 premises in Cambridgeshire are set to see FTTP rolled out to them via the latest phase of the Connecting Cambridgeshire BDUK project.

This latest phase is using a mixture of funding with part of this being the gainshare money from the earlier phases as a result and should complete within two years if Openreach delivers on its contract.

Cambridgeshire is a leading digital county and we know how important it is to have fast, reliable Internet access – wherever you are. It’s vital for our businesses to be able to compete, for our communities to thrive, and for people to access to council services online.

The County Council has ambitious plans to increase full fibre coverage as part of our commitment to delivering better connectivity and mobile services across the region. Using the latest Fibre to the Premise Technology means we can reach premises in rural areas to fill the gaps in coverage.

Councillor Ian Bates, Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Economy and Environment Committee

The press release announcing the extra 5,300 premises celebrates the combined area of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough reaching 97% superfast coverage ahead of its target date. We added the various combined local authorities areas to our broadband stats site so that people did not have to sit down and do the combination maths themselves, the charts for this combined area are at https://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/cambridgeshire-and-peterborough Using the stricter 30 Mbps definition of superfast broadband there is still a little work to do to hit 97% (shy by 0.19% currently) but at the slower over 24 Mbps definition the area is at 97.26%.

The extra 5,300 premises represents 1.4% of the total so assuming there is still some more from existing phases to deliver 99% at superfast speeds looks possible. The full fibre figures are climbing at a faster rate due to the Gigafast roll-out underway in Peterborough, supplemented by the various bits from the BDUK project already delivered under the other phases.

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