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Superfast fibre broadband, delivering speeds of 24Mbps and above, will be rolled out to a further 4,500 homes and businesses in the East Riding of Yorkshire within the next two years as a result of a further £5.4m investment.
The project, Broadband East Riding, has already connected more than 38,000 properties to superfast broadband under the first phase of the programme, with more properties set to be connected by December this year. The second phase of the programme will see an additional 4,500 properties connected to superfast broadband by December 2017.
BT has been chosen to partner with East Riding of Yorkshire Council following a procurement exercise through the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) National Procurement Framework, with BDUK contributing £5m and the remainder of the investment coming from BT.
John Skidmore, director of corporate strategy and commissioning at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Following discussions with the Government in late 2014, the council was given the green light to progress with a second phase of Broadband East Riding, which can now start to be rolled out following the appointment of BT.
“Broadband East Riding is an excellent example of the public and private sector working together for the benefit of residents and customers. Both the council and BT are working in partnership to ensure local communities benefit from high-speed broadband, which is essential in this digital age, as technology develops and more and more business and social connections are made online.”
Councillor Jonathan Owen, cabinet portfolio holder for strategic partnerships and transformation and deputy leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The announcement of a second phase of Broadband East Riding is exciting news for those living, working and learning in the East Riding, as the boost to broadband speeds will bring new opportunities to home life, businesses and schools. Improved access will also bring social benefits to rural communities, supporting them to grow and thrive.
“With superfast broadband continuing to be rolled out to even more communities across the East Riding, the council would strongly urge residents and businesses to check with their internet service provider (ISP) for service availability and upgrade where possible.”
Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director for Next Generation Access, added: “This second phase will help us to reach further into the more remote and rural parts of the county.
“Small businesses form a key part of the local economy in mainly rural counties like East Riding. Faster broadband breaks down barriers to doing business in the digital world like online trading, which helps to empower these small businesses to find new markets, sell new products, try new models and compete on an equal footing with larger businesses.”
For local businesses, the fibre network will underpin the introduction of many new services and applications. Big business applications driven by new cloud services will be within the reach of enterprises of all sizes. Computer back up, storage and processing will be faster, and the use of high-quality videoconferencing will become a viable possibility.
Further benefits of faster broadband include users being able to use multiple bandwidth-hungry applications at the same time, and send and receive large amounts of data much more quickly and efficiently. This will make things like gaming, watching BBC iPlayer or downloading films and music much quicker and without annoying buffering or screen freeze.
New fibre services are set to transform the way consumers use the internet, from the simple sharing of pictures and video to enjoying the growing boom in entertainment services available online. It will also open up a host of new learning and development opportunities.
Engineers from Openreach, BT’s local network business, will build the new fibre infrastructure. Fibre to the Cabinet will be the main technology deployed which can deliver download speeds of up to 80Mbps, and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps.
Fibre to the Premises technology – delivering speeds of up to 330Mbps – will become available in certain areas.
Openreach’s network is open to all broadband service providers on an equal wholesale basis and so households and businesses in East Riding can benefit from highly competitive products and pricing, bringing greater choice and affordable prices from a wide range of service providers.
It will also boost the competitiveness of local businesses, helping them to find new customers and operate more efficiently, whilst opening up a host of new learning and development opportunities for households.
BT through the Broadband East Riding project will announce the installation schedule for the £5m extension programme within the coming months, with work beginning early 2016.
For further information on the coverage area for Phase 2 please see the proposed plans page.
IT consultant Richard Hale has saved thousands on fuel bills and slashed his annual commute by more than 20,000 miles – thanks to the Broadband East Riding programme.
Self-employed Richard said existing broadband speeds to his home in Bridlington were so slow he was forced to make a 140 mile commute to offices in York and Leeds to connect with clients.
But the arrival of superfast broadband as part of the Broadband East Riding roll-out has enabled him to stay put, ditch his long commute and work from the family home, serving customers around the globe.
Families can benefit from superfast broadband by streaming HD videos without waiting for them to buffer, download the latest movies on your TV box, browse the web quicker than before, play on-line gaming with people around the world - all at the same time - without any annoying delays.
Superfast broadband can help you to keep in touch with relatives around the world using video services without having to wait to connect and it gives you a smoother connection whilst chatting.
Superfast broadband can help businesses reach new markets, connect with customers and suppliers quickly, cut costs with online data storage and work from home or on the go.