High speed fibre broadband reaches 10,000 homes and businesses in West Yorkshire thanks to Superfast West Yorkshire programme

Government announce that superfast broadband has reached 1 million more UK premises 

Superfast West Yorkshire today announced that more than 10,000 homes and businesses are now able to access high-speed fibre broadband as a direct result of the programme.

The multi million pound roll-out is progressing at pace and is expected to reach a further 9000 premises by the end of September.

Earlier this year The Old Fountain Brewery housing estate in Halifax became the first area to benefit from the superfast technology thanks to this project. Now more than 10,000 homes and businesses in areas such as Arthington, Hipperholme, Hemsworth, Ilkley, Illingworth, Sowerby Bridge, Moortown and Steeton can take advantage of the benefits high-speed fibre broadband brings.

The news of the rapid West Yorkshire roll-out comes as the Government announce that more than 1 million UK homes and businesses now have access to superfast broadband as a result of the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) roll-out and that the programme will extend superfast broadband to 95 per cent of UK premises by 2017.

Ian Gray, chair of the Superfast West Yorkshire project board, said: “We launched the first fibre cabinet just four months ago and we’ve made great progress since then with around 181 new green cabinets built across West Yorkshire, of which 62 are now ‘live’ and taking customer orders.

“We have now rolled out around 16 per cent of the project’s fibre network so still have a long way to go, but already engineers from BT’s local network business, Openreach, have laid more than 100,000 metres of fibre cable. It is a massive job but incredibly important for the future of West Yorkshire.”

The UK-wide rollout is a key part of the government’s long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s future by providing access to superfast broadband in areas the private sector would not otherwise have reached. The current rural programme will deliver returns of £20 for every £1 invested, representing tremendous value for money.

Faster broadband will not only improve profits for UK businesses, but will create an additional 56,000 jobs in the UK by 2024.The work involved in the current roll out is expected to provide a £1.5 billion boost to local economies. By 2024, the government’s current investments in faster broadband will be boosting rural economies by £275 million every month, or around £9 million every day.

Current UK coverage of superfast broadband is the highest of the top 5 European economies and we also lead our European counterparts in terms of take up, competitiveness and pricing.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: “More than a million homes and businesses have now benefitted as a result of Government’s investment in superfast broadband.

“It is totally transforming the way we live and work. You can download feature length films faster, chatting online with family and friends around the world using VOIP is more reliable and households can go online simultaneously without the connection slowing down or dropping out.

“For businesses, superfast speeds are boosting profits through increased sales, reduced overheads and accessing markets abroad for the first time.”

Bill Murphy, managing director of next generation access for BT, said: “The Superfast West Yorkshire programme is making strong progress, bringing high-speed fibre broadband to some of the most challenging areas. The programme shows the power of the public and private sectors working together. BT has brought technical expertise to the table as well as millions of pounds of investment and, if we can go further, we will do so. This exciting technology is providing a major boost for local households and businesses whether they are using it to work more efficiently and find new customers or for online learning and leisure.”

Superfast West Yorkshire builds on BT’s commercial investment of £2.5 billion to rollout fibre broadband to two-thirds of UK premises. Leeds City Council, Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Wakefield Council and Calderdale Council are working with BT to extend high-speed fibre broadband to 97 per cent of households and businesses across the majority of West Yorkshire by the end of 2015. The programme also aims to ensure all premises in this area have access to speeds of more than 2Mbps.

The £21.96 million investment is made up of Government funding from BDUK combined with funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), BT and four West Yorkshire local authorities.
Residents and businesses across West Yorkshire who want to keep up to date with progress of the roll-out are encouraged to register their interest. This will enable the Superfast West Yorkshire team to send out updates on the project and identify areas of high demand. More than 5,553 businesses and residents across West Yorkshire have already registered their interest through the website www.superfastwestyorkshire.co.uk.

A Business Support Programme has also been launched together with Kirklees Council. This programme will demonstrate the benefits of high speed internet with targeted support and information to help businesses turn faster broadband speeds into business growth.


For photography illustrating the BDUK fibre deployment, please go here; https://www.flickr.com/photos/107803477@N08/sets/

For more details about fibre broadband roll-out plans go to www.bt.com/furtherwithfibre

1A map showing the area of West Yorkshire covered by this project can be found at www.superfastwestyorkshire.co.uk/coverage

BT was awarded the contract following a procurement exercise through the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) framework.
The Superfast West Yorkshire programme is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit www.communities.gov.uk/erdf

Notes to Editors:

Superfast Britain is a Government investment of £1.08bn in broadband and communication infrastructure across the UK. Run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, this investment helps businesses to grow, creates jobs and will make Britain more competitive in the global race. The portfolio comprises three linked programmes:
• £780m to extend superfast broadband to 95% of the UK by 2017
• £150m to provide high speed broadband to businesses in 22 cities
• £150m to improve quality and coverage of mobile phone and basic data network services
Administered on behalf of Government by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Superfast Britain is transforming Britain by promoting growth, enabling skills and learning, and improving quality of life.
For further information: https://www.gov.uk/broadband-delivery-uk

About Superfast West Yorkshire

Superfast West Yorkshire is a partnership between all five West Yorkshire local authorities and BT.
The partnership is jointly funded by Broadband Delivery UK (part of Department of Culture, Media and Sport), European Regional Development Funds (ERDF), local authority funds and BT investments.
The initiative, which is supported by the Leeds City Region Partnership, will ensure more businesses and residents across West Yorkshire get access to fibre broadband.
Superfast West Yorkshire aims to stimulate demand for superfast broadband across West Yorkshire and will also deliver a Business Support Programme to support businesses to maximise the opportunities superfast broadband can provide.