Network based systems

County Broadband adds 10 South Cambridgeshire villages to FTTP network


Rural UK ISP County Broadband today named the next 10 villages in South Cambridgeshire (England) that will benefit from the ongoing rollout of a new gigabit-speed Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network, which is also being rolled out in parts of Norfolk , Essex and Suffolk.

The latest deployments have already started to come online and are part of the operator’s existing plan to cover 500,000 premises across the rural east of England with their gigabit-enabled fiber network by the end of 2027. All of this is backed by an investment of £146 million from Aviva Investors (here).

The living and semi-living villages are: Meldreth, Shepreth, Great Eversden, Haslingfield, Little Eversden, Whaddon, Barrington, Harston, Orwell and Kingston. They join Fowlmere, Newton and Thriplow, which were connected by the provider earlier in the year, bringing the total number of communities reached in South Cambridgeshire to 13.

In total, the provider is delivering full fiber broadband to over 60 villages in South Cambridgeshire, with the majority due to be built by the end of the year.

James Salmon, Director of Sales and New Territories for CB, said:

“We are delighted to welcome 10 more villages to our growing full fiber network in South Cambridgeshire, as we continue our mission to deliver scalable broadband across the region. We have already started connecting homes and businesses at gigabit speeds and many more customers will go live over the next few weeks.

We’ve seen an increase in demand for faster broadband throughout the pandemic from workers in their virtual home office, families streaming content across multiple platforms, and businesses expanding online. Our daily habits and reliance on connectivity have fundamentally changed and we need the infrastructure in place to support these changes. The speeds provided by existing copper-based networks were just about adequate in the past, but they no longer meet the needs of today, let alone years to come.

Cambridgeshire is a thriving county, but it will need world-class digital connectivity to drive economic growth and attract investment. The reality is that building new broadband networks is a complex process that cannot be done overnight. This is why we must act now.

Prices for their service may vary from region to region, but in most cases new customers will typically pay from £28 per month (excluding discounts) for unlimited 50Mbps symmetrical speed service with a bundled wireless router and free installation, then £48 for 300Mbps, £55 for 600Mbps and £80 for 900Mbps. It’s not the cheapest, but that partly reflects the rural nature of their construction.

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