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UK fibre broadband rollout forges ahead - Network Cables

The UK's nationwide programme to roll out superfast broadband services has taken another step forward, after the locations of several new areas set to benefit from new fibre cables were revealed.

Firstly, the next phase of the £56.6 million Fastershire project - which aims to roll out superfast broadband in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire - was announced, with several premises set to benefit from work to boost access this spring.

The aim of the scheme is to make fibre to the cabinet or fibre to the premises services available to around 90 per cent of homes and businesses in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire by the end of 2016, which comprises 148,000 premises, and a significant proportion of this has already been achieved.

Since the first upgrades were unveiled in July last year, engineers have installed more than 165km of fibre optic cable, which has involved moving more than 250 tonnes of earth and pouring 115 tonnes of concrete.

Now, the spring 2014 upgrades will see premises in Gorsley, How Caple, Llangarron, Much Marcle and Symonds Yat all passed, significantly boosting internet access for consumers and businesses in the region.

Following this, the £35.44 million e-Sussex project then announced which areas are set to benefit from the third phase of its rollout programme.

The project aims to make BT’s superfast FTTC/P technology available to 99 per cent of East Sussex premises by mid-2016 and phase 1 has already been rolled out, with phase 2 due to start connecting customers during the autumn and phase 3 following in late 2014 or early 2015.

Under the terms of the scheme, Alfriston, Barcombe, East Dean, Glynde, Isfield, Plumpton, Ringmer and Ripe will all benefit from access to services.

The most notable addition is Isfield, which is the only exchange in East Sussex that cannot provide broadband and is only capable of dial up, and so the new access should have a significant effect on business and consumers in the region.

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