More than half of all homes and businesses reached by the multi-million pound Superfast Leicestershire broadband programme are now using fibre broadband.
Figures, released by Openreach, reveal that the number of people who have signed-up to the scheme has passed the 50 per cent mark.
The project, led by Leicestershire County Council in partnership with BT Group, has now made superfast speeds available to more than 70,000 premises, and remains on course to extend that reach to a further 5,000 premises by the end of 2018.
Leader of the council, Nick Rushton, said: “This is great news, we are really proud to offer a resource that the public are finding so useful and transformative.
“Our aspiration is to have a county that’s well connected, thriving, ambitious, and fit for all the challenges and opportunities the future presents. We are well on our way to achieving this with more than 500 broadband cabinets now connected.
“I urge people to check their connection on the Superfast Leicestershire website as 70,000 properties across the county and city can already access this fantastic resource.”
The Superfast Leicestershire team, led by their Flash the Fibre Fox broadband mascot, are keen to remind residents that upgrading to fibre broadband doesn’t happen automatically. To benefit from faster speeds, people first need to check online if their area has been fibre enabled, before getting in touch with their broadband provider.
Steve Henderson, Openreach’s regional director for next generation access, said: “We are really pleased to see so many people signing up to access superfast broadband. It shows the importance of our work, in partnership with the county council to make the technology widely available, particularly in rural areas.
"Faster broadband speeds are such an important part of everyday life, and essential for many small businesses. We know there’s more to do, and some communities are still waiting to be connected, and we look forward to going even further in the future.”
The most recent parts of Leicestershire to benefit from superfast fibre broadband include Appleby, Rolleston and Wistow, who are getting a fibre connection for the very first time.
For more information about Superfast Leicestershire visit www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk or look out for #SuperfastLeics on Twitter.
Openreach is Britain’s digital network business.
We’re 30,400 people who connect homes, mobile phone masts, schools, shops, banks, hospitals, libraries, broadcasters, governments and businesses - large and small - to the world.
Our mission is to build the best possible network, with the highest quality service, making sure that everyone in Britain can be connected.
We work on behalf of more than 590 communications providers like SKY, TalkTalk, Vodafone, and BT, and our fibre broadband network is the biggest in the UK, passing more 27 million premises. We’re also the platform for Britain’s thriving digital economy, which is the largest in the G20.
We’re working hard to give people the speeds they need to run and enjoy their daily lives. Over the last decade, we’ve invested more than £11 billion into our network and we now manage more than 160 million kilometres of cable stretching from Scotland to Cornwall, from Wales to the east coast. And we’re continuing to take that network further - making superfast broadband speeds available to thousands more homes and businesses every week.
Openreach is a wholly owned and independently governed division of the BT Group, and it is a highly regulated business, with more than 90 per cent of our revenues generated from services that are regulated by Ofcom.
Any company can access our products under exactly the same prices, terms and conditions.
For the year ended 31 March 2017, we reported revenues of £5.1bn.
For more information, visitopenreach.co.uk