Around 5,000 West Sussex homes and businesses can now get access to fast fibre broadband through a partnership between West Sussex County Council, BT and the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) initiative.
High-speed fibre broadband is available from internet service providers from new fibre cabinets connected to exchanges at Billingshurst, Bosham, Fittleworth, Graffham, Petworth, Pulborough, Selsey, Sidlesham, Storrington and West Chiltington.
The rollout continues next month with more fibre broadband availability set to go live from new fibre cabinets connected to exchanges at Ashington, Kirdford and Wisborough Green.
The Better Connected West Sussex Broadband project, which was announced last May, is funded by West Sussex Council putting in £6.26 million, BT investing £7.6 million, and £6.26 million coming from the government’s BDUK funds.
Lionel Barnard, cabinet member for residents’ services at West Sussex County Council said: “Our project to bring better, faster broadband to the majority of the county is now gaining real momentum. We are delighted that the first 5,000 premises to be able to be connected to high-speed broadband can now access the technology.”
Exchange areas included in phase two, which are scheduled to provide access to high-speed fibre broadband services before the end of the year, are Birdham, Bracklesham Bay, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Crawley, Eastergate and Haywards Heath.
Additional surveys are being carried out to explore the feasibility of providing fibre broadband using alternative methods such as fibre to the premises (FTTP) broadband at exchanges in Ashington, Billingshurst, Petworth and Pulborough.
The Better Connected West Sussex Broadband project aims to provide fibre broadband infrastructure to more than 44,000 premises by spring 2016. It builds on BT’s on-going commercial fibre deployment across the county, which has already given more than 300,000 homes and businesses access to the technology.