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Milestone as 100,000 homes and businesses in Norfolk get better broadband

PUBLISHED: 13:25 14 November 2014 | UPDATED: 13:39 14 November 2014

A project to get better broadband in Norfolk means 100,000 homes and businesses can now access faster services. Pic: Norfolk County Council.

A project to get better broadband in Norfolk means 100,000 homes and businesses can now access faster services. Pic: Norfolk County Council.

Submitted: Norfolk County Council

A superfast broadband revolution to get people better connected in Norfolk has reached a massive milestone - with 100,000 homes and businesses now able to access high-speed internet services.

Norfolk County Council leaders said the county is surging ahead of many parts of the country, as the partnership between the authority, BT and government agency Broadband Delivery UK bears fruit.

The milestone announcement came as the government said 1.5 million premises across the UK can now receive a superfast (24 Megabits per second and above) broadband service thanks to such partnerships.

Council leaders said, of all the broadband projects awarded under the Broadband Delivery UK contract framework in England, the Better Broadband for Norfolk programme has achieved the most progress.

The milestone of 100,000 premises has been achieved less than two years after Norfolk County Council and BT signed a landmark deal in 2012 to bring about improved broadband access in the county. The council put up £15m, matched by the government, while BT invested £11m.

Since July 2013, more than 350 fibre broadband cabinets have been installed. Two of the most recent ones are in Methwold, where more than 600 homes and businesses now have access to the new fibre network.

Dr Marie Strong, chair of the council’s broadband working group and member of the Better Broadband for Norfolk steering group, said: “I’m so very pleased that we have reached the magic number of 100,000 homes and businesses able to access high speed fibre broadband.

“The Better Broadband for Norfolk programme is at the forefront of all the broadband projects across the country, which puts our county in an excellent position for the future of Norfolk’s children, families and businesses.”

• What do you think of broadband coverage in Norfolk and Suffolk? Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

12 comments

  • First try the Openreach FTTC check (stick that in your favourite search engine) to see if Fibre is available in your area. Then search for "samknows exchange checker" and put in your telephone number to get the LLU operator presence. These ISPs will be a lot cheaper than BT and will usually have unlimited internet (BT has a 20Gb cap, which you'll soon hit if you're streaming films or TV shows).

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • If you live in rural parts of norfolk try wispire i just got it and its fantastic forget bt

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    DAVE

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • I must admit, I've got "fast" broadband. In one of the urban areas near, but outside of, Norwich I get 74Mbs through TalkTalk. Use "www-dot-samknows-dot-com-stroke-broadband-stroke-exchange_search" to check if your exchange is fibre enabled (the FTTC line) and then look at the LLU (Local Loop Unbundled) operators who may offer a better deal than BT. Don't forget, pay for your line rental for 12 months in advance and that'll get you a discount. As you'll normally sign up for one year's broadband, this isn't an unreasonable tie-in for the land line.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Friday, November 14, 2014

  • The key point is they have access to it? How many have taken it up? As for the keyword "superfast", the same was said with what could be classed as "broadband" several years back. It is meaningless. There is another key problem here. The BT infinity rollout (in most places) is VDSL2. In rural areas where you are a significant distance from a cabinet (a mile) you can actually get worse speeds reliability than ADSL2. BT and the ISPs won't tell you this when you order.

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    LinuxJedi

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • It should say 300 million miles away.

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    Great Snorer

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • So on the day that scientists talk to a space module on a comet 300 miles away and receives pictures, Norfolk County Council are proud to be bringing 28mb broadband to 100,000 homes in the county. How many of those homes are in towns and how many rural villages will still be waiting well into 2017 if then? With most of the county getting no or very poor mobile phone signal in the county we really are poorly served.

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    Great Snorer

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • Blo Norton's broadband gets slower and slower often several times of day we none ! Yet we still pay the same amount as other well provided for town and villages, unfair to say the least !

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    Sandie

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • But still no broadband at all in some parts of Beeston???

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    Hookdeb

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • Yes good old NCC - behind the times as usual and still paying BT through the nose for yesterday's technology. Ditch the copper and get a proper 4G network set up throughout the county instead - blanket mobile coverage and faster internet as well - two birds with one stone.

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    Fenscape 2

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • Considering Mobile 4G is faster (Where available), 24 Megabits is not exactly Superfast Broadband. With the partnership of Norfolk County Council and BT, it should be called Super Farce Broadband !

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    che bramley

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • In tomorrow's EDP, Norfolk now has perfect mobile phone reception throughout...

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    Mr Cameron Spork-Pies

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • 24Mbps and up is hardly blisteringly fast. It also seems that anyone who doesn't wish to contribute to the BT monopoly ("please pay us £24 per annum for allowing you to pay your bill"), and buy their appallingly-badly supported broadband, but who wish to use another ISP, is effectively frozen out of the wrongly-described "superfast" offering. BT have, yet again, shown themselves firstly, extremely good at remaining a privatised monopoly, and secondly, hoodwinking some not very clever small-time politicians.

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    T Doff

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

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