A MULTI-MILLION-pound project will see high-speed broadband rolled out to 5,000 homes and businesses across the Midhurst and Petworth area.
Five thousand more West Sussex homes and businesses can now get access to better, faster broadband thanks to West Sussex County Council, BT and the government’s broadband delivery UK initiative.
High-speed fibre broadband is now available from internet service providers from new green fibre cabinets connected to exchanges at Billingshurst, Bosham, Fittleworth, Graffham, Petworth, Pulborough, Selsey, Sidlesham, Storrington and West Chiltington.
The roll-out continues next month with more fibre broadband availability set to ‘go live’ from new green fibre cabinets connected to exchanges at Kirdford and Wisborough Green.
Lionel Barnard, cabinet member for residents’ services at West Sussex County Council said: “Improved broadband speeds can transform how we work, live and communicate.
“This exciting technology can improve our quality of life and help to grow our economy by enabling new businesses to start up and existing ones to prosper.”
More than 40 new roadside fibre broadband cabinets are being built and connected to power supplies and BT’s fibre-optic network in phase one of the eight phase roll out of publicly-funded broadband infrastructure in West Sussex.
Bill Murphy, managing director of next generation access for BT, added: “This is great news for West Sussex.
“Faster broadband will help local businesses grow, attracting inward investment and boosting the local economy.”
When a cabinet is live, customers contract to buy fibre broadband services from an internet service provider, in the usual way.
Additional surveys are being carried out to explore the feasibility of providing fibre broadband using alternative methods such as fibre to the premise (FTTP) broadband at exchanges in Billingshurst, Petworth and Pulborough.
Sutton exchange area is being surveyed for FTTP as well as solutions for premises that are connected directly to their exchange on exchange-only lines.
The Better Connected West Sussex Broadband project will provide fibre broadband infrastructure to more than 44,000 premises by spring 2016.
It builds on BT’s on-going commercial fibre deployment across the county, which has given more than 300,000 homes and businesses access to the technology.
The multi-million-pound partnership is jointly funded by West Sussex Council, which is investing £6.26m.
Meanwhile BT is contributing £7.6m, with £6.26m coming from the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funds.