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Broadband boost continues across Blaby district

Superfast LeicestershireHomes and businesses in Enderby are taking advantage of the increase in broadband speed thanks to the Superfast Leicestershire project.

The project is a £28 million partnership between Leicestershire County Council and BT to increase the fibre broadband coverage across the county.

In Blaby District, many communities have already benefitted from the upgrades in broadband. Almost 5,400 additional premises have been reached across 14 villages including Enderby, Sharnford, Braunstone Town and Blaby.

Kirby Muxloe, Narborough and Thurlaston will receive a further boost in the coming months, as the partnership continues to ensure villages receive extensive coverage across the district and county.

One of the many businesses to benefit from the introduction of Superfast Broadband to the district is Littlethorpe-based POD Chiropody and Laser, run by directors Raj and Zoe Zavery.

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Raj Zavery

Raj said:

“As our workload increased, it was no longer practical to operate the whole business with everyone sharing one computer; it took forever to upload large files to our website and out connection was very unreliable.”

 

Having fibre broadband, allows people to benefit from faster upload and download speeds. In particular, businesses can also run meetings by video link and reach customers through new, faster and easier to track methods of communication like Facebook and Twitter.

POD director Zoe added:

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Zoe Zavery

“As soon as we made the change to superfast fibre broadband we noticed the difference immediately. We get up to 40Mbps which allows us to do lots of online tasks at once.

“We now take for granted that our connection is strong and reliable; customer service is never affected. Effective technology is critical for us; the business would not survive without it.”

Tom Purnell, Assistant Chief Executive of Leicestershire County Council, said:

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Tom Purnell

“It’s exciting to be at this stage in the project, as we see more people able to take advantage of the many benefits of fibre broadband.

“Homes and businesses in Blaby District, like the rest of Leicestershire, are benefitting from our partnership with BT and I’m looking forward to even more cabinets being connected in the near future.”

Leicestershire County Council has invested £5.4m in the project. £1.1m has been allocated by the district and borough councils including Blaby District Council, with an additional £6.5 million coming from Government and £1.2 million from the European Union Development Fund.

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership has allocated £2 million from its Local Growth Fund and BT is also contributing £11.4 million towards the overall cost of the Superfast Leicestershire deployment.

More information at www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk/when-and-where.

Superfast broadband for Blaby villages

171-superfastThe first homes and businesses in Blaby District to benefit from the county council’s £18.8m Superfast Leicestershire partnership with BT can now get high-speed fibre broadband.

New green roadside cabinets have been installed to make the new technology available to parts of Countesthorpe, Huncote and Whetstone.

More than 250 additional households and businesses across the three areas are now able to contact their internet service provider to sign up for fibre broadband – and the roll-out continues.

It builds upon BT’s extensive commercial roll-out in Blaby District, which has already made fibre broadband available to more than 53,000 homes and businesses.

Blaby District Council leader Ernie White said:

Cllr Ernie White
Cllr Ernie White: Fantastic news for residents and business

“This is fantastic news for residents and business owners in our district. I’m pleased to see superfast broadband is available to more properties in the three villages, and look forward to it being rolled out further across the rest of the area.”

Pam Posnett, the county council’s cabinet member for broadband, said:

“It’s great that we’ve started work in Blaby.

Superfast broadband makes a real difference to the strength of our communities and local economy and I look forward to hitting our eventual target of 62,000.”

Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director of next generation access, said:

“Online shopping is increasingly big business with experts predicting nearly five billion pounds will be spent online during the festive period this year.

It’s therefore extremely pleasing that more and more homes and businesses in the Blaby district are now well placed to take advantage of their first Christmas with superfast speeds.”

The Superfast Leicestershire partnership has already provided more than 10,000 homes and businesses across Leicestershire with access to fibre broadband.

By the end of March 2016, it’s anticipated more than 62,000 premises in the county, including more than 6,400 in the Blaby District, will have access due to the programme.

The high-speed network is available on an open, wholesale basis to all internet service providers, offering Leicestershire households and businesses the benefit of real choice from a highly competitive market.

 

Funding

BT - Openreach logoBlaby District Council is contributing £50,000 towards the Superfast Leicestershire project, along with other local authorities, with the remaining funding coming from Leicestershire County Council (£5.1m),

The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme (£3.4 million) and £1.2 million from the European Regional Development Fund. BT is also contributing £9.1 million towards the overall cost of the Superfast Leicestershire deployment.

So far, engineers from Openreach, BT’s local network business, have laid more than 127 kilometres of fibre cables and installed 55 new roadside fibre broadband cabinets as part of the project.

Speed benefits for all

Benefits of fibre broadband include faster download and upload speeds; the ability to access the internet via multiple devices without experiencing a slow connection, faster downloads of films and music, a better online gaming experience, improved file sharing for businesses, solutions based on Cloud computing and being able to work more flexibly.

For more information about the Superfast Leicestershire project, visit www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk