Digital Connectivity News

Digital Connectivity News

DCMS’s Worcestershire Broadband Public Review update - August 2022

As part of government’s ambition to deliver nationwide gigabit-capable broadband as soon as possible, supported by a commitment of £5 billion for the hardest to reach parts of the country, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has been working with industry to understand the areas that will be commercially built into over the next three years and those that will not.

The work of identifying these non-commercially viable areas has been completed, via the Open Market Review (OMR) and Public Review (PR) stages, and the results can be found on GOV.UK

Project Gigabit - Public Review Launch in Worcestershire - 4 February 2022

The government is on a mission to deliver lightning-fast, reliable broadband to everyone in the UK and is investing £5 billion in Project Gigabit to ensure that hard-to-reach communities are not left out. Building Digital UK (BDUK) is carrying out a Public Review to help identify areas in Worcestershire that may be suitable for future public funding for gigabit-capable broadband.

BDUK is seeking information and supporting evidence from suppliers - in relation to the presence of gigabit-capable broadband infrastructure within the project area.

They wish to hear from all relevant stakeholders - including the public, businesses, internet service providers and broadband infrastructure operators - particularly in relation to the proposed mapped eligible areas.

This Public Review opens on 4 February 2022 and closes 4 March 2022.

News archive 2021

Superfast Worcestershire Programme - Autumn 2021

"I’m proud to be representing Worcestershire County Council as the newly elected Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Skills, an area that includes digital connectivity across the county. 

I am delighted that our Superfast Worcestershire programme now ensures that 97.61% of residential and business premises can connect to a superfast broadband service. This is a fantastic achievement, and it has made a real difference to our communities. Allowing people to work, access education and services from home and connecting business sites, is fundamental to the success of Worcestershire and post-coronavirus Britain.

With the County Council’s continued commitment, the future is looking bright with even more being done to improve connectivity across Worcestershire. Exciting initiatives via commercial programmes, community voucher schemes and the Government’s Project Gigabit will ensure our network infrastructure is robust at a time when connectivity has never been so important.’’

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Skills.

September 2021

Droitwich homes and businesses set to benefit from Broadband upgrade

Thousands of homes and businesses in Droitwich will get access to some of the fastest broadband speeds as part of a national drive to level up internet access across the UK.

Worcestershire County Council has welcomed the start of Fullfibre’s investment to deliver lightning-fast, reliable broadband to Droitwich.

Commercial investments such as these are an important part of a national drive to improve Gigabit (1000Mpbs) capable broadband infrastructure across the country, ensuring that smaller towns are not left out

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Skills, said: 
“While faster broadband connections are being successfully rolled out across the county, there can still be an issue in smaller towns and rural areas, so we welcome this investment by Fullfibre. I am delighted that connectivity across Droitwich will now be significantly improved to future proof its network infrastructure. This will make a real difference to residents and businesses in the town, at a time when access to the internet has never been so important."

The Fullfibre programme to upgrade digital infrastructure in Droitwich will accelerate the country’s recovery from COVID-19, fire up high-growth sectors such as tech and the creative industries, put an end to families battling for bandwidth and bring the speed and reliability people need to start and run businesses.

Supercharging the available bandwidth in Droitwich will enable speeds up to 10 Gbps (the equivalent of 10,000 Mbps). The build has started, and most premises will be able to access their gigabit internet services by summer 2022. 

“Full Fibre recognises the national necessity for both residents and businesses to upgrade to ultrafast fibre services if they are to embrace modern digital services and educational tools. Droitwich is currently restricted to ageing copper connections, not meeting the needs of modern, homeworking families.  It’s vital that everyone in a community gets access to ultrafast, reliable services and the opportunities that come with it.” said Fullfibre CEO, Oliver Helm.

Superfast Worcestershire Programme Update - September 2021

Programme Update for the Superfast Worcestershire Programme

  • 97.65 of premises have access to superfast speeds
  • 41.07 of premises have access to Gigabit infrastructure
  • 16.64 of premises have access to Fibre to the Premises
  • £4.3m is the value of the Rural Gigabit Connectivity Vouchers

Superfast Worcestershire continues to work with commercial broadband operators deploying within Worcestershire and over the past few months there have been several key investment announcements for Worcestershire from:

  • Openreach - a further 45,000 premises for full fibre within Worcestershire (May 2021)
    The areas served by the 19 exchanges are Badsey, Belbroughton, Bewdley, Blakedown, Bredon, Broadway, Cropthorne, Droitwich, Hanley Swan, Harvington, Leigh Sinton, Pershore, Powick, Romsley, Stourport, Tenbury Wells, Upton Upon Severn, Wolverley, Wychbold
  • Airband – are working with several Community Projects within Worcestershire to deliver gigabit connectivity (June 2021) 
    Areas which are being considered include Upton Upon Severn, Ryall, Tenbury Wells, Pershore, Wick, Eckington, Cropthorne, Fladbury, Lower and Great Comberton, Elmley Castle and Bricklehampton, as well as Welland and Earl’s Croome
  • FullFibre – full fibre to 100,000 premises across 11 rural and semi-urban areas, including two within Worcestershire – Droitwich and Stourport-on-Severn (March 2021)
  • CityFibre - £21m full fibre rollout around Worcester City, which includes Hallow, Rushwick, Fernhill Heath and Norton, that started June (June 2021)

As well as the success of supporting business and communities to secure £4.3m of funding through previous DCMS Gigabit Voucher Schemes, Worcestershire County Council are currently supporting several Community Partnership schemes who have submitted their deployment proposals for consideration and are still awaiting confirmation of support funding. Once agreed we will announce them in future editions of this newsletter. 

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