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Successfully getting gigabit-capable broadband connections to rural premises region-wide 

A two-and-a-half year, £4.8million council project to give access to gigabit-capable broadband connections to 1,371 premises in the East Riding has been completed.

Building upon the success of Contracts 1 & 2 which delivered improved broadband to nearly 50,000 premises in the region, the Broadband East Riding Contract 3 project – with significant investment from Openreach and £3.2million funding from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) – will directly benefit mainly hard-to-reach, rural premises in the region.   

As a result of Openreach surpassing the contracted 1,371 connections, a total of 2,090 premises will be able to order Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), therefore enjoying up to 1Gb broadband speeds as a result.  

Included in this roll-out are 180 rural small- and medium-sized enterprises in the East Riding which will receive FTTP.  

Councillor Anne Handley, deputy leader of the council, said: “We are immensely proud and excited to have this unprecedented access to gigabit-capable fibre broadband, available for our hard-to-reach, rural premises.  

“The work that has gone into this has been second to none. Along with the tireless work of our council officers on this project, we thank the engineers and project managers at Openreach, who have helped us achieve 369km of fibre that has been laid in duct or overhead cable, and over an incredible 100,000 hours of work that’s gone into its completion. 

“This project is yet another glowing example of the council’s continued commitment to providing a digital East Riding, where our residents, businesses and communities, no matter where they’re situated in the region, can have access to the best broadband connections possible.” 

Luke Branagan, programme manager at the council, said: “Not only is the end result of this project the successful rollout of excellent broadband coverage, but there are also many engineering feats which went on during the works which should be recognised. 

“At Tophill Low, for example, there was an amazing 11km of fibre cabling and 9km of civil engineering works, moleplough and open cut trenching, digging couplings at the side of level crossings to cable underneath a level crossing and to connect to a new duct. This was done working closely with Openreach, Network Rail, Highways, telecoms engineering company Telent and their suppliers, Dowson’s and USL.  

“And at locations such as Cowlam, we underwent a 10km build, with 7km of civil engineering works, mainly moleplough cutting, involving a lot of successful traffic management.” 

Broadband East Riding Contract 3 is yet another project supporting the Government’s November 2020 target of 85% UK-wide gigabit-capable coverage by the year 2025. With our region currently at 81% gigabit-capable coverage, the council is continuing to target the hardest to reach areas for future investment.