Broadband boost in Nottinghamshire

New investment will help to bring superfast broadband to areas of Nottinghamshire by spring 2018.

The investment, which is worth £9.2m, will benefit places such as Normanton-on-Trent, Lound and Bothamstall. In total more than 130 towns and villages will get access to fibre broadband services, either for the first time or as the result of a boost to existing residential and business broadband. This is the second phase of the contract between BT and the Nottinghamshire County Council, which formed the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire initiative.

The chairman of the economic development committee at the county council, Diana Meale, said she is delighted that it can now be clarified which areas will be in receipt of the faster services. She described the scheme as “one of the largest and most ambitious infrastructure projects ever delivered in the county.”

The project will give the county 98% faster broadband coverage and will help it to compete with other areas on an economic scale. The new investment will provide residential and business broadband to more than 17,000 properties and the delivery schedule will be announced later this year.

The project will reach more than 80,000 properties when complete, with coverage reaching 98% when combined with the work carried out by the private sector. The project will focus on areas that are not being covered by BT and Virgin as part of their main infrastructure programme.