Suffolk secured funding of £1.725m for superfast broadband

Suffolk County has recently secured a funding of £1.725 million from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs of the UK Government. The department has sanctioned such amount to support in improvement of the rural parts of the county with 24 Mbps+ capable superfast broadband network. The funding will be used in covering further 600 homes and 550 businesses in the area.

As of now, Suffolk has been connected by Openreach under Better Broadband for Suffolk project with the support of state aid worth £64m. They have already covered 93%+ premises with their superfast networks and plan to reach 98% by 2020.

The local authority said that they are committed to work towards bring 100% coverage of superfast broadband in Suffolk as early as possible and the recent announcement of funding will help to cover the remaining 2% which covers mostly poorly served rural areas.

Leader of Suffolk County Council – Matthew Hicks said that this is good news for Suffolk residents and it shows their success for the local councils to work together. Suffolk has already been working to get 98% of Superfast Broadband, now they are working to get connectivity for the remaining areas. He is congratulating the teams on helping to secure funding.

The work to connect new areas is expected to begin later this year and there are no clear information on full details. It may be an extension of the existing BT contract and various deals which is being signed as of now focus on ultrafast full fibre broadband than superfast FTTC (VDSL2) services which are yet to be confirmed.

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