Please note that the additional premises figure as stated above is based on the latest available data which is provided by BT one quarter after delivery.

Fibre broadband for our county’s future

Better Connected is an exciting project to bring better, faster broadband to our county. In Spring 2016 we achieved our target of increasing coverage by ‘superfast ’broadband to more than 90% of the county. More than 60,000 homes and businesses have access to new fibre broadband services which would not have been available to them without the project’s intervention. Now we are using additional funding, together with money that BT is paying back to the County Council, to reach an extra 7,000 premises by the end of 2018. The project is progressing well with detailed network design, planning and engineering surveys continuing and so far has delivered access to 'superfast' fibre broadband to an extra 3,307 premises in West Sussex since this phase began in April 2016.

Targets

3,000 premises by the end of 2017 and in total we aim to benefit an extra 7,000 premises by December 2018.

More information is available at: www.westsussex-betterconnected.org.ukDigital communications infrastructure is becoming as vital as transportation, water and power services. ‘Superfast’ broadband technology has transformed how we work, live and communicate. This exciting technology can improve our quality of life, and help to grow our economy by enabling new businesses to start up, and existing ones to prosper.

We are looking to the future and have an ambition to support our public services by building the next generation of connectivity, giving speeds from 1Gb (1000mbps) using pure optical fibre.

The government wants to increase the amount of pure optical or ‘full fibre’ infrastructure covering the UK. Currently only around 2% of premises in the UK have access to the fastest broadband speeds which travel all the wayinto buildings over full fibre infrastructure. Public services are evolving and soon will be delivered in new and digital ways, which will require faster download and upload speeds and greater bandwidth. We want to invest in full fibre infrastructure now to get our public buildings and our services ready for the future.

December 2017

TARGET EXCEEDED

We have exceeded our original target of 3,000 by the end of 2017. The project is progressing well with detailed network design, planning and engineering surveys continuing and so far has delivered access to 'superfast' fibre broadband to an extra 3,307 premises in West Sussex since this phase began in April 2016. 

September 2017

The project is progressing well with detailed network design, planning and engineering surveys continuing and so far has delivered access to "superfast" fibre broadband to 1,871 premises in West Sussex since this phase began in April 2016. This is currently 26.7% of our target to reach 7,000 premises by the end of December 2018. The project is on track in terms of actual build programme.

April - June 2017

The project is progressing well with detailed network design, planning and engineering surveys continuing and so far has delivered access to"superfast" fibre broadband to 1,203 premises in West Sussex since this phase began in April 2016.

Target

In total we aim to benefit an extra 7,000 premises by December of 2018.