Fibre broadband brings Christmas cheer to Warwickshire villages

Three North Warwickshire villages will be able to take advantage of superfast broadband this Christmas following the latest rollout of high-speed fibre connections in BT's part-funded regional programme.

Premises in Wood End, Kingsbury and Hurley are among 20,000 homes in Warwickshire that have now been connected to faster broadband since the rollout began in March. A further milestone of 100 fibre optic roadside cabinets being installed has also been reached.

The villages and other locations across the West Midlands have benefitted from a £2.5 million Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire (CSW) broadband project, co-funded by BT and Warwickshire County Council, which aims to make speeds of up to 80 Mbps available to 95% of premises in the region by 2017.

Deputy leader of Warwickshire County Council, Councillor Alan Cockburn, said: "This is a major milestone. It is just nine months since the first cabinet went live and now over 20,000 properties can access high-speed fibre broadband."

250 new street cabinets will be installed by BT's local network business, Openreach, across the partnership area during the next three years. Residents that can now access superfast broadband won't get it automatically - they'll have to switch to one of the providers operating in their area.

BT West Midland partnership director, Ian Binks stated: "Reaching this double milestone is a great achievement, and an especially welcome one, coming in the run-up to Christmas when people are increasingly relying on the internet for shopping, playing games online and other leisure activities."

Source: Tamworth Herald

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