Bringing superfast broadband to Winchester
Press Release: 17/07/2014
The Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme will be rolled out in parts of the Winchester District over the next six months.
The programme’s overall aim is to extend coverage so that at least 95% of premises in Hampshire will be able to access a minimum broadband connection speed of 24Mbps by the end of 2017.
Over 900 premises in the Winchester City Council area will be able to benefit from improved broadband speeds due to the roll-out of phase three of Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme.
New equipment will be installed in large areas of Winchester, Kings Worthy, Abbots Worthy, South Wonston and Colden Common between July and December 2014. On occasion, some of the premises might be too far from the upgraded cabinet to benefit from superfast speeds. However, many residents and businesses in these areas will still see improvement to their service.
The programme aims to fill the gap in smaller, rural areas that would be otherwise left out – as potential low user numbers and high implementation costs make it commercially unviable for providers.
The roll-out scheme is based on best use of public funds and will be co-ordinated with other local utilities and roadworks to bring the least possible disruption to the areas affected.
The Government has allocated £9.2 million to Hampshire to roll-out the programme and this figure has been match-funded, with a similar amount of £9.2m financial support from Hampshire County Council.
Cllr Robert Humby, Leader of Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Councillor for Bishop’s Waltham, said:
Winchester City Council supports this programme as superfast broadband is crucial to the vitality of our smaller rural communities. It will enable residents to do more on-line and faster than ever before - streaming films, TV and music in seconds and enjoy seamless working from home. For local businesses it will open up new business ventures and opportunities that the global on-line market has to offer.
Cllr Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said:
The roll-out of superfast broadband is a high priority for Hampshire County Council and I expect at least 95 per cent of homes and businesses in Hampshire will be able to access services by 2017. This next phase of the roll-out will help tackle social isolation in some of the most rural parts of Winchester and has potential to grow the City’s economy, providing more jobs and opportunities.
To find out when superfast broadband is coming to your area or to join the campaign visit: www.hampshiresuperfastbroadband.com. For regular updates on the superfast broadband roll-out in your area, please register your interest here: www.hampshiresuperfastbroadband.com/get-involved.