Southwold and Reydon join superfast internet highway

Mark Bee, leader of Suffolk County Council Mark Bee, leader of Suffolk County Council

Friday, February 21, 2014
1:51 PM

More than 2,100 homes and businesses in Southwold and Reydon can, for the first time, access high speed fibre broadband, following work in the area by the Better Broadband for Suffolk programme.

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Seven green cabinets, serving properties in 174 postcodes, have been upgraded so that people living and working near to them can access faster broadband speeds, with most properties getting 24 megabits per second (Mbps) or more

Mark Bee, Suffolk County Council’s leader and chair of the Better Broadband for Suffolk programme, said: “This is a real and tangible demonstration of exactly what we set out to achieve with the Better Broadband for Suffolk programme.

We’re making modern broadband services available to people living and working in areas that otherwise wouldn’t have the kind of access you get in large urban towns and cities.

“Like many more areas of Suffolk to come, Southwold and Reydon now have the kind of internet access that residents and business owners want and deserve.”

The work in Southwold area is all part of a multi-million pound partnership between Suffolk County Council, BT and the government to make high-speed fibre broadband more widely available throughout the county, especially in rural areas.

So far, over 14,000 properties across Suffolk have been given access to high speed fibre broadband. 1,123 postcodes have benefited from 58 green cabinets being upgraded or installed and over 160 miles of fibre cabling having been laid.

Suffolk Coastal MP, Therese Coffey, said: “I’m delighted that superfast fibre broadband is now available in Southwold and Reydon. This is great news for residents and essential for local businesses.

“The government has invested nearly £12m alongside our local councils in delivering better broadband for Suffolk and I look forward to seeing it continue to roll out across the rest of the county.”

Suffolk County Council has committed to ensuring that by the end of 2015, every property in Suffolk has access to broadband speeds of at least two megabits per second (Mbps) while 85 per cent of homes and businesses will be able to benefit from 24Mbps or more.

Every three months between now and the end of 2015, about 10,000 more properties will be given access to better broadband.

Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director for next generation access, said: “This ambitious project will boost the productivity of local businesses and help to attract a more diverse range of high-growth companies to the area.

“It will play a major role in creating prosperity in the county.

“We have been working hard to get us to where we are today. This is an exciting time for Suffolk and the early stages of a journey that will see the communications landscape completely transformed.”

Suffolk County Council estimates that over the next 15 years, the project will provide a £2bn boost to the local economy and will create 1,500 jobs.

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