Blackmore End and Beazley End to join full fibre broadband revolution after rural residents show demand
County Broadband, a specialist rural broadband provider based in East Anglia, has announced it is to connect more villages in Essex to its new full fibre ultrafast broadband network.
Blackmore End and Beazley End are joining the rural technological revolution after the local community expressed significant interest to connect to the provider’s growing network. To deliver the service, which is fully funded by the company’s investors Aviva Investors, County Broadband needed to secure a minimum commitment from residents and local businesses.
The news means residents and business owners in Blackmore End and Beazley End will be able to access some of the fastest and most reliable internet speeds in the UK when the communities are connected. Under the company’s ‘fibre-to-the-premises’ (FTTP) infrastructure, ultrafast internet speeds of up to 1,000 megabits per second (Mbps) are delivered directly into homes and businesses – even in some of the most difficult-to-reach locations.
Such ultrafast full fibre speeds are over 20 times faster than the national average – and 10 times faster than even superfast broadband. The government announced last year that the entire UK should have access to full fibre by 2033 to catch up with the rest of the world.
Lloyd Felton, chief executive of County Broadband, said: “It’s been fantastic to have received such strong support from residents and business owners who expressed a lot of frustration over historically slow and unreliable internet connections which is so critical to our daily lives, whether it’s a business unable to use cloud-based applications or families unable to stream HD films at peak times in the evenings and weekends.
“We now look forward to commencing work and seeing the community reap the huge benefits of our ultrafast rural broadband network. There will be the immediate impact of downloads and uploads taking seconds and the long-term benefit of being future-ready.”Many rural areas in Essex still suffer from so-called ‘broadband slow-spots’ due to old copper-wire infrastructures dating back to Victorian times. Research* shows two thirds of customers are unaware that most broadband services are delivered over these copper lines which significantly affect speed, reliability and future upgrades.
However, ultrafast full fibre broadband users can download HD films in seconds, take full advantage of online streaming services including on-demand TV, and allow the whole family, or every employee, to enjoy fast, uninterrupted internet access.
Many premises might have access to broadband, but ultrafast speeds are only available to around 3% of the UK. Data usage is predicted to increase 10-fold every six years and only ultrafast all-fibre solutions will match this requirement.
County Broadband’s ultrafast broadband is set to rollout in other villages and parishes in Essex throughout the year. Residents and businesses are encouraged to attend public meetings to find out more details and consider signing up.
The company’s expansion is not dependent upon government funding or financial contributions from home or business owners as the construction of the entirely new network is made possible by a £46 million investment by Aviva Investors.
County Broadband, which also provides superfast wireless internet, was established in Aldham, Essex, in 2003, and currently has over 3,000 customers across East Anglia.
* ‘Two thirds ‘misled’ by fibre broadband advertising, experts compare situation to horsemeat scandal’: https://www.cable.co.uk/news/two-thirds-misled-by-fibre-broadband-advertising-experts-compare-situation-to-horsemeat-scandal-700001439/
Photo 1 / 2: Lloyd Felton (centre), CEO of specialist rural broadband provider County Broadband, with some of the team at their Essex headquarters. Credit: County Broadband
Photo 3: County Broadband prepares for the rollout of ultrafast fibre broadband, as many rural communities continue to suffer from ‘broadband black spots’. Credit: County Broadband
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