Broadband rollout gathers pace in Lutterworth

Thousands of people living and working in Lutterworth and the surrounding villages are now benefitting from faster download (and upload) speeds after signing up to fibre broadband.

The council’s Superfast Leicestershire partnership with BT, and BT’s own commercial rollout, is already responsible for making the new technology available to nearly 9000 homes and businesses in Lutterworth and places like Broughton Astley, Gilmorton and Swinford.

During the coming months, thousands more premises will be connected to the high-speed network as the countywide rollout of fibre broadband reaches many more communities including South Kilworth, Husbands Bosworth and the Bilton Way business park.

Pam Posnett, cabinet lead member for broadband, said: “I’m delighted that homes and businesses in Lutterworth are beginning to enjoy the benefits of fibre broadband - we’re now a third of the way to reaching our target of 62,000 homes and businesses. Superfast broadband makes a huge difference to communities and is also helping to boost our economy.”

Kasam Hussain, BT’s project manager for Superfast Leicestershire, said: “We’re working hard and making great progress across Leicestershire as the rollout of fibre broadband continues. Access to superfast speeds opens up a world of opportunity for business and leisure and I’m sure those living in the Lutterworth area will make the best use of the new technology.”

Superfast Leicestershire is a £18.8 million partnership between Leicestershire County Council and BT to bring fibre broadband to more than 62,000 premises throughout the county.
Already, 114 new roadside fibre cabinets have been installed and 248 kms of fibre cable laid as part of the Superfast Leicestershire project. During the coming months, more than 4500 additional properties will become the latest to gain access to fibre broadband in the Lutterworth area.

Villages where fibre broadband is expected to ‘go live’ within the next few months include Ashby Parva, Claybrooke Magna, Dunton Bassett and most of Ullesthorpe.

Looking further ahead, fibre broadband is expected to arrive during the summer months in Bruntingthorpe, Husbands Bosworth, Leire, North and South Kilworth, and Shearsby.

For a full list of the communities set to benefit from fibre broadband visit the Superfast Leicestershire website at www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk.

Benefits of fibre broadband include faster download and upload speeds; the ability to access the internet via multiple devices without experiencing a slow connection, faster downloads of films and music, a better online gaming experience, improved file sharing for businesses, solutions based on Cloud computing and being able to work more flexibly.

Work is being carried by Openreach, BT’s local network business, and it aims to build on the private sector’s roll-out of fibre broadband; BT’s commercial rollout in Leicestershire has already made high-speed fibre broadband available to more than 293,000 homes and businesses.

The high-speed network is available on an open, wholesale basis to all internet service providers, offering Leicestershire households and businesses the benefit of real choice from a highly competitive market.

For more information about Superfast Leicestershire visit www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk