Superfast broadband begins to rollout - but Gidding has to wait TWO more years!!

Dear Broadband Champions,

We are delighted to inform you to that we will be celebrating the first Connecting Cambridgeshire programme green cabinets going live with superfast (fibre) broadband on Monday 25 November.

We will mark this milestone with the unveiling of a new cabinet in the rural village of Grafham. This is one of ten new cabinets going live across the county at the same time, with many more to follow in the coming months.

More details will be announced on Monday 25 November on the Connecting Cambridgeshire website, where people can see when local cabinets go live on the ‘my area’ pages and how to upgrade to superfast broadband.

We have had fantastic support from all over Cambridgeshire for the broadband programme, which has brought together local councils and our partners, working closely with our broadband champion, businesses, communities to make it happen.

We know many people have been eagerly anticipating the first phase of delivery since the signing of the contract in March – when we set the expectation that BT would start delivering fibre broadband for homes and businesses by the end of this year.

This marks the start of the roll-out. We are on track for fibre based broadband to be available to 98% of premises by the end of December 2015, which will make Cambridgeshire one of the best connected counties in the country.

We wanted you to be among the first to know and will follow this up with a Connecting Cambridgeshire Brief at the end of November.

Kind regards

Connecting Cambridgeshire team

This is taken from their website:

Great Gidding
Premises in Great Gidding are included in the Connecting Cambridgeshire programme. This means that, by the end of 2015, there will be improvements to the broadband infrastructure that will enable many homes and businesses to receive superfast broadband speeds (minimum 24Mbps)* while others will be able to receive fibre broadband speeds of between 2Mbps and 24 Mbps.

Superfast broadband is forecast to be available in your area between September and December 2015.

The scheduling for each phase depends upon the outcome of surveys and more detailed planning so we cannot be more precise until these are completed. We will be updating the website regularly as the information becomes available.
The broadband speed you will get depends on a number of factors including the length of your line from the telephone exchange or green roadside cabinet, the line quality, and the equipment and internal wiring within your premises.
Connecting Cambridgeshire is working to ensure that everyone in the Connecting Cambridgeshire programme gets as fast a speed as possible given their geographical location. Some premises may be particularly hard to reach meaning that a connection to the fibre network may not be possible. Where appropriate, alternative technology may be used to provide broadband connectivity (minimum 2Mbps). These technologies are likely to be delivered later in the roll-out – but still before the end of 2015.

Your area has a Broadband Champion, who has been helping us raise awareness of the programme and encouraging people to register their demand for superfast broadband.

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