FULL FIBRE BROADBAND COMES TO
COUNCIL WORKS WITH CO-OPERATIVE NETWORK
TO ROLL OUT FULL FIBRE TO BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS
Blackpool will be one of the first UK
towns and cities to get full fibre gigabit broadband1 as a result of
a multi-million pound investment that will deliver the fastest, most resilient
broadband internet connection on the market.
Blackpool Council is part of a co-operative
group from the private and public sectors, working together to roll out FIBRE
BLACKPOOL a local full fibre network that will give an improved
broadband internet connection to residents and businesses on the Fylde Coast.
launch of the FIBRE BLACKPOOL
initiative is a result of Blackpool Council securing £3.1m of Government
funding through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
The grant has been used by Blackpool Council to expand a shared fibre infrastructure
into Blackpool town centre and along the length of the coast’s tramline, from
Squires Gate Lane and Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone all the way to Fleetwood
and Hillhouse Technology Enterprise Zone, thus future-proofing the town with a full
‘fibre to the premises’ (FTTP) connection.
Blackpool Council spokesperson said, “Over the next two years, Blackpool will unlock
a state-of-the-art fibre network for the benefit of both residents and businesses
as well as improving connectivity to public sector sites. The Fylde Coast,
including the two Enterprise Zones and the new Conference Centre, will get some
of the fastest broadband in the UK and businesses will be able to reap the
benefits of fast, resilient connectivity which will support economic
development and our drive to attract more inward investment into Blackpool.
upgrading to full fibre connections, Blackpool will be the forefront of being
able to provide superior digital technology. There are an estimated 30,000
properties within range of the fibre opticinfrastructure and working with our co-operative partners, internet service
providers will be able to build out the network further to individual
properties and businesses.”
Connecting with Fibre Blackpool means:
reliable performance, no more buffering watching juddery videos or waiting
for hours for films and music to upload
speeds to power your bandwith hungry applications – it will handle
anything you throw at it from Netflix, Office 365, gaming online, voice
over telephony and payroll services
priced services to fulfil your individual requirements and premium
services also available where a dedicated line is required
How do local residents and businesses benefit
from the investment?
Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is part of the Local Full Fibre Networks
Programme which has the aim of increasing full fibre coverage across the UK.
Gigabit vouchers, which are a one-off contribution to SMEs and residents, can
be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to
contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit-capable connection.
- Businesses can
claim up to £2,500 against the
cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project.
can benefit from the scheme with a voucher worth £500 as part of a group project.
and businesses can access the voucher scheme by registering their interest with
one of the suppliers involved in the FIBRE BLACKPOOL scheme and who are
working to deliver full fibre in the local area. The scheme is supplier-led
which means suppliers will be requesting the voucher on behalf of their
customers. Blackpool Council is a member of a co-operative group that can help
residents and SMEs to access gigabit capable broadband services.
What’s full fibre?
has more than 94% coverage for superfast broadband with speeds of 24 megabits per
second or higher (in some areas Virgin is offering up to 500 Mb). However most
superfast connections rely on copper telephone wires or TV cables from a box on
the street to the home or place of business, which are limited in the speeds
they can support, so for the fastest and most reliable broadband delivering
gigabit speeds, a full fibre connection is required.
What’s a gigabit?
broadband is an internet connection that offers speeds of 1 Gigabit per
second (1Gb) or more
- 1 Gigabit = 1,000 Megabits so it’s a big
leap in connection speeds
1GB service would allow you to download a HD film in seconds
fibre services are capable of being symmetrical – meaning the download and
upload speeds are the same.
For more information and to register your interest
with an active supplier working to deliver full fibre services in the local
area, visit FIBRE BLACKPOOL