Broadband speeds will rocket at 20 more business parks in Devon and Somerset

Posted on: 13 August 2015

Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) have announced major plans to make superfast fibre broadband available to 20 more business parks across the two counties. It means that a further 1,000 businesses will have access to speeds of up to 80Mbps* by the end of 2016.

The 20 new locations are in addition to more than 200 business parks across the two counties where CDS has already delivered fibre broadband or has plans to do so.

The news comes on the same day as the Government’s announcement that the nationwide rollout of superfast broadband has now passed more than three million UK homes and businesses, of which CDS has contributed more than 182,000. The Government rollout is on track to reach 95 per cent of the UK by 2017 and is now reaching around 5,000 additional premises every day. The 20 business parks are located right across the two counties in locations such as Taunton, Exeter, Bridgwater, South Molton, Glastonbury, Ivybridge, Newton Abbot, Yeovil, Torquay, Paignton, Glastonbury and Clevedon.

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: “We are transforming the digital landscape of the UK and our nationwide rollout of superfast broadband has now reached an additional three million UK homes and businesses. I congratulate Connecting Devon and Somerset on having reached more than 182,000 properties in the two counties so far – they’re making incredible progress.”

The announcement has been welcomed by the local business community.

Ben Rhodes, chief executive at Devon and Cornwall Business Council, said: “We are greatly encouraged by the latest announcement from the CDS partnership. Having access to superfast broadband represents a first and very important step towards enabling our region’s businesses to improve their productivity and, ultimately, their competitiveness in the UK and global marketplaces. The immediate challenge now for all those businesses who have, or are about to have this additional capability, is to consider how digital connectivity could help to redefine their businesses. This is not just about doing things quicker, it’s about doing things better and differently. That is why we view programmes such as ‘Get Up To Speed’ and the work they are doing to help businesses to update or develop their digital strategies, as such critical components of the CDS delivery.”

Eight hundred and twenty one street cabinets have now been connected to the fibre broadband network by the CDS partnership, which means more than 182,000 premises now have the potential to connect to fibre broadband.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth for Devon County Council, commented: “The faster broadband speeds these businesses will now be able to access will provide a tremendous boost to their day to day operations. Businesses are using fibre broadband to work more efficiently and find new customers, and bringing this service to businesses in our rural areas is a real achievement for Connecting Devon and Somerset.”

Paul Coles, BT South West regional manager, said: “Today marks important milestones, both locally and nationally, for the superfast broadband revolution. This exciting technology is transforming the opportunities for communities across the South West and the UK as a whole.

“BT’s multi billion pound investment in superfast broadband through its involvement in partnerships, such as Connecting Devon and Somerset, and its own commercial programme has already made fibre broadband available to more than 1.9 million households and businesses in the South West – and the number is continuing to grow rapidly. Our engineers are rolling out the technology at a world class pace, reaching thousands more premises in the region every week.

“Successful broadband partnerships are creating a lasting legacy, which will play a key role in the future prosperity of communities for many years to come.”

For more information about the Connecting Devon and Somerset rollout, please visit their website.

3 comments on “Broadband speeds will rocket at 20 more business parks in Devon and Somerset

  1. Barbara Harris says:

    I note no reply Howard….. hope you are more lucky than we are, as we are 1/4 of a mile too far from any of the proposed (they haven’t even started yet!) fibre cabinets we are told there is no hope for us till 2020! In the interim I only hope that once it does arrive in the nearest village (1.5 miles away) the usage will leave a small amount of extra bandwith for us so we can have more than .02 upload at peak times. Also crossing my finders that someone will come up with an alternative before 2020…..

  2. Howard Owens says:

    Yes a second ‘fibre cabinet’ has arrived in Stoke Canon, and yes the installation people are making fantastic progress particularly on industrial complexes. But, the majority of us in our village – connected to the main road cabinet by slow and ancient copper wire – wait and wait. Obsolete conections hamper and embarrass businesses, particularly creative ones that need a realistic upload speed rather than a means to download yet more entertainment. Any prospect of a breakthrough this year?

    • Thanks for your comment Howard. You can check using your postcode on the Connecting Devon and Somerset website – http://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk

      Providing superfast broadband to an area requires a huge amount of engineering work, often with many miles of brand new underground fibre cable being installed. Building the new cabinet itself is often the first activity that takes place, as it also needs to be connected to the fibre network, electricity supply and copper connections to the existing cabinet. This can take between six to nine months due to the complexity of the work being undertaken, which often requires road works and permission to work on private land – all of which required additional time. Even once fully connected, it needs to be tested rigorously by Openreach engineers.

      Work is being done as quickly as possible to connect people, but given the amount of work that needs to be done, it often takes some months between the appearance of a new cabinet and residents and businesses being able to take out a superfast broadband contract.

      If you would like to submit a question or send a message directly to the Connecting Devon and Somerset project, you can use the form on their website – http://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/contact-us/

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