A £70 million project to bring fibre broadband to Cumbria is finally ready to begin as a schedule detailing where and when areas get upgraded has been revealed.
While the Connecting Cumbria project in the North of England has been beset with delays, the work will begin in earnest this year.
Over the next six months, BT engineers will increase the number of homes and businesses getting superfast speeds in six areas: Ulverston; Carlisle; Penrith; Maryport; Dalton-in-Furness and Workington.
Read Recombu Digital’s guides to BDUK and the BT Broadband RolloutAnother set of exchanges where detailed survey work is nearing completion are: Allonby; Bardsea; Barrow-in-Furness; Brampton; Cockermouth; Harrington; Hayton; Lazonby; Millom; Rockcliffe; Southwaite; Walney and Wetheral.
BT and Cumbria County Council will provide updates to the plan every 3 months, which will give additional detail for the coming 6-month period and will also reflect any changes that may be necessary as a result of the considerable engineering challenges that are likely to be encountered in Cumbria.
Information on these plans will be made available through the website www.connectingcumbria.org.uk, informing people when exchanges will be enabled and superfast services will become available.
“The confirmation of engineering work on this first batch of exchanges this year is an important milestone for Connecting Cumbria. It is a great feeling to know that we have all the red tape behind us and will see some people feeling the benefit of superfast broadband in 2013.”
“The publication of this plan illustrates how far the project is moving forward and that the preparation work undertaken by the project teams from both the County Council and BT is now coming to fruition. We are aware that both businesses and communities are keen to see progress and we fully expect that they will now see tangible steps towards delivering this important new service to homes and businesses across Cumbria.”
Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director Next Generation Access, added: “We have been working hard to get us where we are today. This is an exciting time for Cumbria and the beginning of a journey that will see the communications landscape completely transformed.”