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Digital Connectivity News

Published Friday, 24th September 2021

News and Updates from Digital Connectivity

14 November 2022

The West Mercia Rural 5G consortium has showcased the findings from its 2 year 5G project that ended in June 2022. Read the news article for more information.

Also see West Mercia Rural 5G report shows exciting potential of 5G in rural communities

4 February 2022

Project Gigabit - Public Review Launch in Worcestershire

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.

To respond to this Public Review, and for more information, please go to BDUK’s page.

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 futureproof 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, 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.