Digital Connectivity Latest Updates

Published Friday, 3rd September 2021

Updates from Superfast Worcestershire

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

A photograph of Councillor Marc Bayliss, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Skills

Superfast Worcestershire Programme Update - September

Programme Update for the Superfast Worcestershire Programme

  • 97.61 of premises have access to superfast speeds
  • 40.75 of premises have access to Gigabit infrastructure
  • 16.24 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)
A photo of Councillor Marc Bayliss with Full-fibre’s Dan Jones in Droitwich

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. 

If you are considering setting up a community scheme for your area, please visit our Superfast Worcestershire website (opens in a new window) for further information about current schemes and if you require support please contact Superfast Worcestershire at Superfast@worcestershire.gov.uk.

You can also keep up to date with information and announcements around broadband news and the wider connectivity agenda through our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.


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