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ISP County Broadband Finally Starts FTTP Rollout in Sudbury

Friday, October 29th, 2021 (10:55 am) - Score 1,608
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Alternative UK network provider County Broadband has today confirmed that they’ve finally started to build their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network across the Suffolk market town of Sudbury, which is home to a population of around 13,000.

The provider, which is being fuelled by an investment of £46 million from Aviva Investors, first announced their plans for Sudbury almost a year ago (here). At the time they stated that the work would be completed by Spring 2022, although today’s update talks of it being an “18-month infrastructure project” that “began earlier this month.”

In total, 75% of Sudbury’s approximate 8,000 homes, businesses and community venues are earmarked for the rollout, including the Grade II listed Sudbury Town Hall in Gaol Street and St Peter’s Cultural Venue based within the former medieval church in Market Hill.

The town’s build appears to be part of a demand-led project (i.e. CB may have only been able to proceed once enough locals had expressed an interest).

James Salmon, CB’s Director of Sales and New Territories, said:

“We are very excited to confirm that our plans to build and deliver world-class digital infrastructure in Sudbury are going ahead at such a pivotal time. The region needs to bounce back strongly from the pandemic and future-ready infrastructure such as full-fibre broadband will turbocharge productivity and deliver vital new services for residents.

Thousands of families and individuals, many of whom are remote working, plus a whole host of businesses who want to innovate will benefit from lightning-fast gigabit speeds and bullet-proof reliability once we’ve completed our long-term infrastructure project in Sudbury.

The pandemic has emphasised the harsh reality that Superfast broadband supplied over copper cables is now reaching its limit. Speeds might just about be ok for now – but they won’t be fit for purpose over the coming months and years.

We’ve seen rapidly growing demand in Sudbury to get full-fibre broadband infrastructure built after launching our proposals in late 2020, at both our regular market stalls and online community events.

However, installing new full-fibre broadband infrastructure at this scale is a complex task and has many challenges. It requires significant planning, resources and time. It involves the coordination of highways, landowners, civils works and advanced fibre optic engineering. So we therefore ask for support, patience and understanding from the Sudbury community as we get to work.”

Prices for their service may vary between areas, but in most cases new customers will typically pay from £28 per month (excluding discounts) for an unlimited symmetric speed 50Mbps service with a bundled wireless router and free installation, then £40 for 150Mbps, £48 for 300Mbps, £55 for 600Mbps and £80 for 900Mbps.

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8 Responses
  1. Jason says:

    Good luck to the people of Sudbury . Once youve signed up your tied in and prices are cheap for the first year then they rack them
    Up. Service is slow especially in peak times so dont be fooled by these cowboys

    1. anonymous says:

      The pricing has to be clear so that people can make their own educated decisions. If performance isn’t up to scratch contracts don’t apply.

      Read the small-ish print and know your rights as always.

  2. Foz says:

    Interestingly saw some guys in ‘LitFibre’ high vis the other day who said they were pulling a fibre for a future project…..

  3. MrSplicer says:

    All I will say to the residents of sudbury and surrounding areas is that Openreach are about to push their rollout of FTTP in Dec covering over 10kTHP.

  4. alan says:

    When they were laying cables to South of Sudbury (Pebmarsh/Mount Bures) they closed roads with no prior warning, reaping havoc for the local community.

  5. John smith says:

    County Broadband seem to have promised Full fibre to an incredibly large number of villages across East Anglia over the past few years, but I see very little rollout of their promises. Our village was told we would have it by spring 2022 (like Sudbury), was then told December; yet still no sign of any fibre optic action. I’m beginning to wonder whether it will ever happen…

    1. Jason says:

      It will happen John , but quite quickly people regret it . Damages made to
      Property , putting in poles instead of putting it under ground as promised. Contractors that are rude and aggressive.

  6. Jim says:

    Avoid CB like the plague.

    They will promise the world but fail to deliver, or try to force extortionate charges onto you.

    We signed a preorder contract with them back in 2018. They took over 3 years for the service to be live in the village, and planned the network so poorly that we cannot be connected without paying £900 for a tree to be cut because the installed their connection points on a pole that is situated effectively within the tree.

    What they failed to realise is that their contract was only for 2 years and as such we will not be using them. I have heard from others in the village that they receive intermittent service and definitely don’t receive the speeds they should.

    CB rely on govt vouchers to do many of their installations, and once they have you they don’t care anymore.

    Be careful, and I suggest trying to wait for Openreach to get their FTTP rolled out if it’s coming to you. Sadly, we are not in an area getting it yet.

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