Home » News » Suffolk fibre broadband now reaches 90%

Suffolk fibre broadband now reaches 90%

Suffolk fibre broadband now reaches 90%

Thursday, 3 August, 2017

Perhaps better known for its rural vistas and soaring landscapes than superfast broadband, Suffolk has passed a technical milestone this week.

The local council says 90% of people in this bucolic county now have access to fibre broadband.

Around 315,000 properties in Suffolk have been connected to the Openreach fibre network.

This impressive level of coverage is the result of the Better Broadband for Suffolk programme – a scheme set up by Suffolk County Council – which began improving broadband infrastructure back in 2013.

BBFS managed to secure £24 million of public money for Suffolk fibre broadband. This was spend on investing in the Openreach infrastructure through a process known as ‘public procurement’.

Suffolk fibre broadband now reaches 90%

Because of the low population density of rural areas, and their distance from broadband exchanges, businesses are reluctant to lay fibre cables throughout the countryside – it just isn’t commercially viable.

But, if the county council are fronting the bill, Openreach can install fibre broadband to places that otherwise wouldn’t get it.

Even the most remote places in Suffolk could see fibre connections through ‘self-dig’ schemes.

The hamlet of Baylham Stone, which wasn’t included in the Better Broadband deployment plan, managed to raise enough money among its residents to pay for their own fibre lines to be installed.

‘Self-dig’ isn’t going to be a viable option everywhere, and Better Broadband for Suffolk isn’t going to stop at 90 percent coverage.

Councillor Jane Storey, Suffolk County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member responsible for broadband, said: “While it’s great that 90% of Suffolk homes and businesses are now connected to fibre broadband, there is still more work to be done to get the entire county connected to high-speed internet. We remain committed to delivering that, and making sure that no-one is left behind.”

Suffolk plans to offer at least 98 percent of its residents the possibility of fibre broadband by 2020.

Although there are just a few people left to be connected, they are in the hardest places to reach. Getting fibre to all the farms, villages and hamlets in Suffolk won’t be an easy task.

IMAGES: John Fielding/Flickr

Samuel Newman author picture

By:

Samuel Newman is a consumer journalist and blogger based in Sheffield.

News What's the story?

Keep up with the latest developments in UK broadband.

The biggest malware threats of 2020…so far

It’s been a year few of us will forget in a hurry, and we're only halfway through.

The biggest malware threats of 2020…so farThe biggest malware threats of 2020…so far Read more

Instagram could become the main news source for young people.

Reuters finds changes in the way younger users consume the news.

Read more

BT launches second line service

BT launches second broadband home line service for the new crop of home workers.

Read more

Best broadband areas for online gaming in the UK.

Read more

Help Learn with us

Make the most of the internet with our broadband library.

How to check if your broadband is down

It might seem obvious that an outage has occurred, but there are easy ways to check if your broadband is down, or whether the problem is more localised

How to check if your broadband is downHow to check if your broadband is down Read more

A guide to Big Tech alternatives.

It seems like we’re reliant on a small group of companies, are there alternatives?

Read more

Quick tips for boosting home broadband speed

Boosting speed can transform activities like streaming, gaming and accessing cloud storage

Read more

What’s the difference between hardware, firmware and software?

Read more