04 May 2016
The number of people signing up to a fibre broadband package in Leicestershire has doubled in the last 12 months.
Figures published by BT show more than 25 per cent of homes and businesses in the Superfast Leicestershire area have signed up to a fibre broadband compared to around 10 per cent 12 months ago.
The multi-million pound partnership between Leicestershire County Council and BT has made the new technology available to more than 63,000 homes and businesses across the county.
Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for rural broadband, said: “It’s great to see residents and businesses in connected areas taking advantage of the new speeds available and I hope communities continue to benefit from the rollout.”
Superfast Leicestershire remains on course to bring high-speed fibre broadband technology to more than 72,000 premises in Leicestershire by the end of 2017.
Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director for next generation access, said: “We are delighted the rollout in Leicestershire is proving to be so popular.
“The Superfast Leicestershire team are doing a great job of making more and more people aware of the benefits of fibre broadband. With download speeds of up to 80Mbps widely available, it really does has the ability to transform the way people use the internet.”
Some of the most recent areas to benefit from the fibre broadband rollout include parts of Birstall, Earl Shilton, Hinckley and Melton Mowbray.
The initial contract is due to finish shortly but an additional 10,000 premises are set to benefit thanks to a second contract. This includes homes and businesses in Braunstone Town, Burton-on-the-Wolds, Ullesthorpe, Market Bosworth, Kegworth, Wigston and Eastwell.
By 2018, it’s expected more than 410,000 homes and businesses across Leicestershire will have access to fibre broadband thanks to the Superfast Leicestershire programme and commercial providers including BT.
Fibre broadband helps make everything happen online much faster than a standard broadband connection. The technology offers download speeds up to 80Mbps.
At 50Mbps, a music album will take roughly 16 seconds to download, compared to more than three minutes on a 4Mbps connection. A high-quality film will take around four minutes to download on a 50Mbps fibre connection, compared to 50 minutes on a standard 4Mbps connection.
Funding for Superfast Leicestershire partnership has been provided by a wide-range of organisations including the County Council, other local authorities, BT, Broadband Delivery UK (the Government’s broadband delivery arm), and Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership as part of its Local Growth Fund.
All of the work is being carried out by Openreach, BT’s local network business, meaning people with access to the fibre network can choose from a range of internet providers and so can benefit from competitive pricing.
For more information about Superfast Leicestershire visit www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk or look out for #SuperfastLeics on Twitter.
15 April 2016
Planning and mapping is continuing as we get ready to start on the Superfast Extension Programme (SEP).
The engineers have been working closely with the Superfast Leicestershire team to ensure the delivery of fibre broadband to even more areas of Leicestershire can start very soon.
With the end of the Premier League approaching everyone is biting their nails to see who gets crowned winners. Make sure you’re connected to fibre broadband so you can bench bad download speeds and catch the latest highlights.
See if you’re already connected on the ‘When and Where?’ page of the Superfast Leicestershire website.
Cabinets now live
These green cabinets (usually stood at the side of your road) are now enabled with fibre broadband meaning you should talk to your current communications provider about purchasing fibre or visit the Superfast Leicestershire website for more information on fibre broadband providers.
Thurlaston – Tyers Close (Thurlaston)
Knipton – Main St (Eaton)
Scalford – Church St (Scalford)
Goscote – Humberstone Lane (Leicester)
Please be aware that as cabinets go live they can take a couple of weeks before you will be able to order the fibre broadband. Providers can sometimes also take time to become available on the fibre network. To get the best deal, wait 2-3 weeks when the market becomes more competitive.
Cabinets experiencing challenges
These cabinets are currently experiencing some difficult challenges and are being worked on daily to be resolved. They are also treated as a priority within the project.
Narborough 37 (parts of Narborough) – there are issues with the main fibre network connection meaning that this cabinet is not yet connected. Engineers are working to resolve the connection problems and hope to have in connected by May 2016.
Rearsby 1 (Thrussington) – issues in placing the fibre cables underground has meant that there will need to be work done with third parties in order to get the fibre connected. We hope to have this cabinet connected by May 2016.
Please be aware that these dates are subject to change depending on the individual situation. The Superfast Leicestershire team will continue to keep you updated with the latest changes. Follow the Twitter updates using the hashtag #SuperfastLeics
This refers to the new green boxes which stand usually adjacent to the existing green roadside box in your village. The new cabinet will house all the fibre connections; the existing green box houses the copper telephone lines. The two are then joined together.
Winter is coming…and so is the Superfast Extension Programme
We all know Game of Thrones is on the way but so is the Superfast Extension Programme (SEP). SEP will bring fibre broadband to a further 10,000 homes and businesses throughout the next few years.
If you have any questions about when your area is going live visit the Superfast Leicestershire interactive map. This will give you an idea of when fibre broadband is arriving in your area.
National statistics show the need for faster broadband: