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ISP County Broadband Extends Full Fibre Cover in Rural Essex UK UPDATE

Thursday, May 21st, 2020 (4:33 pm) - Score 1,445
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Rural ISP County Broadband, which is being supported by a £46m investment from Aviva and working to roll-out a new 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network across the rural East of England, has just completed their latest deployment to Eight Ash Green, Aldham and Dale Close in Stanway near Colchester (Essex).

The deployment began last year (here) and has, with approval from the Government (telecoms engineers have ‘Key Worker‘ status but must still follow public health guidelines), continued through the on-going COVID-19 crisis to reach completion.

The ISP is also currently rolling out its service across rural parts of Norfolk and Cambridgeshire (here) and aims to cover 20,000 premises in the East of England by the end of 2020.

Lloyd Felton, CEO of County Broadband, said:

“We’re very excited to welcome Eight Ash Green, Aldham and Dale Close to our growing Hyperfast network and we hope residents and businesses reap the benefits of lightning-fast connectivity as we rely on the internet more than ever.

The current lockdown has shone a spotlight on our outdated digital infrastructure. Our aim is to make rural Essex and the wider region digital flagbearers by meeting today’s demands of fast, uninterrupted connections whilst at the same time ensuring all rural and hard-to-reach premises are future-ready to cope with ever increasing data requirements.”


UPDATE 22nd May 2020

From speaking to Andrew over at Thinkbroadband it appears as if CB may not have actually made the service fully available to premises in the aforementioned villages yet. The provider’s website still appears to be collecting orders to trigger a build, which is despite the operator’s press release saying the network had “gone live.” We’re checking with the ISP.

UPDATE 23rd May 2020

According to CB, the full fibre network is live and operational in the areas of Eight Ash Green, Aldham and Dale Close as stated in the press release – residents are connected to and enjoying the service. However, the ISP added that they’re “still completing the final phases of build in these villages, which is to extend the network and connect additional properties.” Once these very final stages of build have been completed then the website will be updated accordingly.

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9 Responses
  1. Jonathan says:

    Let’s hope that is a stock old photo as there is a distinct lack of social distancing going on.

    1. dean says:

      There is nothing in the coronavirus legislation that requires people are 2 Metres apart, that is nothing more than guidance, furthermore in regards to what it does state about gatherings.

      Restrictions on gatherings
      7. During the emergency period, no person may participate in a gathering in a public place of more than two people except—
      (b) where the gathering is essential for work purposes

      Telecoms workers have key worker status and thus that is work purposes (does not matter if you think it is essential or not, essential in law is ambiguous in its term, what is essential for some is not for others).

    2. Mark Jackson says:

      Most of our pics will be stock/older ones because hardly any operators have put out new ones showing social distancing, which isn’t that they aren’t doing it (they all are to some degree) but there simply aren’t any pics of that specifically.

    3. MartinConf says:


      Nothing worse than someone quoting the rule book when peoples lives are at risk

    4. alex says:

      If anyone has a problem with the law or rule book on Corona virus and what the law or rule book on it states rather than their vivid fantasies on what it should stated is and is not allowed and what does and does not save life they best take it up with the government.

      If a person is infected and coughs, sneezes or gets any bodily fluid on a surface which you then touch you could become infected. It does not matter if you and everyone else is standing 1,10,100 or 1000 Metres away from each other. Public Health England, government, advisers and medical people in general know this, which is probably why there is and NEVER has been anything in the law to say you must maintain a specific distance from people.

      “Distancing” is nothing more than guidance, if it actually 100% was proven it saved lives it would be in the legislation or amendments since it was bought in.

      It makes me giggle how some have been brainwashed. Ask yourself this If social distancing was that important then why are the police allowed to walk right up to peoples faces and fine them, collect the virus, go pass go and infect the next individual?

      Why was public transport such as trains and the tube NEVER shutdown?

      Why is it the cretins in the media that promote this “distancing” with their daft infected fluffy boom mic waving it under a persons nose and then wave it under the next persons?

      Wanna argue they clean the mic for each interview so it is ok? Fine in that case ask yourself how, who or what is doing the reporters hair and makeup in the studio… Is that a human within 2 metres or a robot with a big stick that perfectly applied the makeup and hair parting?

      The human race has become autonomous nod yes machines during all of this without thinking a damned thing. If you were told jump off a cliff save lives i seriously believe some people would now.

    5. dean says:


      Nothing worse than someone quoting the rule book when peoples lives are at risk”

      The rules are there to save lives. Guidance, your wishes and vivid dreams on what you think saves lives does not.

  2. Allen says:

    At last I am in the 21st century 🙂

    A few hiccups but expect that with any new network

    Glad I got it in Feb (I a test for my area). Though have seen there installers about installing a few on Dale Close area

  3. alan says:

    In one of there potential villages, namely Mount Bures several months ago they were just collecting names to see if the installation of Fibre would be viable proposition.
    No more has been heard from them
    Mount Bures is currently Copper fed from Bures exch.

    1. Allen says:

      Fingers crossed for you. Dale close has a 1 off BT exchange just for itself using old ADSL Max

      Guess any new villages may be delayed at the moment

      I didnt hear anything from them for over 6 months before they confirmed they where going to do my estate

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