24 June 2016
Council Chamber at Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, LE3 8RA
This event is an opportunity for community broadband groups, Parish Councils and local businesses to speak to the broadband team and find out more about the upcoming stages of the project.
The agenda will include:
Refreshments will be served from 5.45pm.
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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.
National statistics show the need for faster broadband: