Fibre broadband available to 12,000 homes and businesses in Derbyshire
14 October 2014
More than 12,000 homes and businesses across Derbyshire now have access to high-speed fibre broadband thanks to the Digital Derbyshire partnership.
The latest communities to benefit from the new technology are Overseal, Kirk Langley and Duffield. Work is also nearing completion in Grindleford and Melbourne and local households and businesses there are expected to be able to place orders by Christmas.
Since April, the partnership between Derbyshire County Council and BT has installed 56 new fibre broadband cabinets and laid more than 90,000 metres of underground cables throughout the county.
Councillor Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said:
"We're pressing ahead with the project to bring fibre broadband to a further 88,000 premises across Derbyshire, bringing access to more than 95 per cent of homes and businesses by the end of 2016.
"The internet plays such a big role in our daily lives and Digital Derbyshire will open up endless business and leisure opportunities, help to boost our rural areas, support economic growth and allow local communities to continue to thrive."
Steve Henderson, regional director of next generation access in the East Midlands, for BT, says:
"I'm incredibly pleased that our rollout of superfast broadband in Derbyshire is proceeding at pace with more than 12,000 homes and businesses able to access a much faster and reliable service as a result. We are witnessing a transformation of the digital landscape of Derbyshire, and the work being done will deliver a substantial boost to the local economy."
Digital Derbyshire is a £27.67m project led by Derbyshire County Council in partnership with the UK Government and BT to extend access to fibre broadband to more than 95 percent of Derbyshire's businesses and residents by the end of 2016.
It aims to build on the private sector's roll-out of fibre broadband on a phase by phase basis. BT's commercial roll-out in Derbyshire has already made high-speed fibre broadband available to more than 365,000 homes and businesses.
The new network is open meaning homes and businesses benefit from a choice of communications providers operating in a highly competitive market. Since Digital Derbyshire was launched in April, the project has already provided access to fibre broadband in places like Ashbourne, Bolsover and Long Eaton.
The next stages of the project will see work taking place in Horsley, Clay Cross, and continuing in Darley Dale and Bakewell. BT is contributing £12.87m to the project while the council is contributing £4.9m. A further £7.4m is coming from the Government's Broadband Delivery UK fund, as well as £2.5m from the European Regional Development Fund.
Why a business should upgrade to fibre:
- 7 out of 10 businesses using fibre optic broadband say it's made them more efficient.
- Fibre can be up to six times faster than average broadband speeds so businesses can get more done. For example, download a 10mb file in less than half a minute or upload 30 photos to your website in less than a minute.
- Cut down on travel to meetings by using high quality video conferencing.
- Many broadband products also give customers access to WiFi hotspots when out and about.