The latest phase of a superfast residential and business broadband project will reach thousands more properties in Hampshire.
This second phase of the superfast broadband project, which is worth £18.4m, is part of the Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme. It will start in January 2016 and will continue until September 2018, with between 7,000 and 9,000 residential and business properties able to access the faster services once the phase is completed.
The leader of the county council, Roy Perry, welcomed the news and said that the latest phase will be a huge boost for residents and companies in the county. The completion of this second phase will help the project to reach its target of 96% coverage in Hampshire, which Mr Perry described as an ‘initial target’. The programme has already provided faster services for an additional 72,000 premises in the county.
The project was planned and designed to ensure that priority would be given to properties not reached by the existing commercial infrastructure. At the present time just 21% of residents and businesses have chosen to take advantage of the faster services and the authorities are encouraging people to find out about potential upgrades by contacting their provider for details of the latest deals.
Upgrading to faster broadband can help a business to become stronger by providing it with more opportunities to expand and develop, helping it to compete more effectively in a global market, or simply by enabling it to work more efficiently.