Superfast broadband signups double in Lincolnshire

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The number of businesses and homes in the county signing up to high-speed fibre broadband has more than doubled in the last 18 month thanks to the Onlincolnshire scheme.

More than 34% of of homes and businesses are now signed up in comparison to 17% in mid-2015, according to figures from BT, which is working with Lincolnshire County Council on the project, following the completion of its first phase.

The next phase of programme will include an additional investment of £11.6 million, which will provide superfast broadband to nearly 97% of the county by the end of 2017.

Since work started in 2013, engineers from Openreach, BT’s local network business, have laid more than 500 kilometres of new fibre cable while around 800 green roadside fibre cabinets have been installed.

All of the engineering work for Onlincolnshire is being carried out by Openreach, which has recently been ordered to legally split from BT.

Lincolnshire County Council has confirmed that the order is unlikely to impact on Onlincolnshire’s plans.

Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for IT at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We’re seeing a real increase in the number of people signing up for superfast broadband, and with the improvements being rolled out, even more will be able to benefit.

“Improved broadband is not only vital for business growth, but for all residents accessing services, including the growing number of silver surfers, and for young people wanting to download learning materials. The possibilities are endless.”

Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director for next generation access, said: “Being able to access faster download speeds is more important than ever and fibre broadband really does have the ability to transform the way people and businesses use the internet.

“It’s great we’ve already reached 150,000 premises, rising to over 315,000 when you include BT’s own commercial rollout.”