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County Broadband Start FTTP Rollout in 5 More Essex UK Villages

Friday, Jul 28th, 2023 (1:00 pm) - Score 1,488

Alternative network provider County Broadband has announced that they’ve begun construction of their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband network in five new villages across Essex (England), which forms part of their aspiration to cover 500,000 premises across the East of England by the end of 2027.

The five new villages include: South Hanningfield and West Hanningfield in the Chelmsford district, and Tollesbury, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, and Tolleshunt Major in the Maldon district. Approximately 3,500 premises will be connected in these five villages over the coming months as construction progresses. This will bring the total number of villages in Essex either live or in build to 83.

Speaking of going live. Wormingford near Colchester, Wethersfield near Braintree, and Weeley Heath in Tendring are the latest three rural communities to be connected to the new network – reflecting a total of over 1,400 premises passed. Across rural Essex, County Broadband has so far delivered full fibre access to over 6,700 homes, businesses and community venues.

James Salmon, CB’s Director of Sales, said:

“We are on a mission to deliver full fibre broadband to people working and living in rural and hard-to-reach areas across Essex so that they’re not left behind in our increasingly digital modern lives.

That’s why we’re excited to be welcoming Wormingford, Wethersfield and Weeley Heath to our ever-expanding live network and we can’t wait to hear about the immediate and long-term benefits our full fibre connections bring to their communities.

Whether you’re an individual or family that wants multi-device home entertainment and remote work that’s reliable and seamless, or a local business in need of crystal-clear, uninterrupted video calls and lightning-fast, secure cloud storage, we’re committed to accelerating our full fibre rollout.”

The full fibre provider, which is being supported by a £146m investment from Aviva Investors (here), is currently deploying full fibre across rural parts of Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk in England (i.e. they’re currently building to over 250 villages and rising). Aviva also backs Truespeed (here) and ITS Technology (here) etc.

Customers typically pay from £37.99 per month (reduced from £47.99) for an unlimited symmetric speed 300Mbps service with a bundled wireless router on a 24-month term, which rises to £49.99 for 900Mbps (reduced from £79.99).

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By Mark Jackson
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5 Responses
  1. Avatar photo Big Dave says:

    Villages ought to be fertile ground for the altnets often without other builds competing (at least for long enough to establish a decent customer base) and usually poor copper infrastructure. Just as long as they do complete in a timely manner and leave 1/2 finished works lying round for months on end.

  2. Avatar photo Jason says:

    Godhelp them ! They will be wishing they never bothered . One of the worst companies to deal with . Cold Norton is a horror story so much so our village is leaving CBB and going back to our old suppliers . Full of false promises, poor reliability and speed

  3. Avatar photo Philip says:

    County Broadband are too quick to sign people up and secure payment details but are very slow to never on network build and connection delivery.

  4. Avatar photo alan says:

    When working in local rural villages (South Suffolk) a few years back, they closed roads without any warning, causing chaos
    Highways were not informed of any closures

    1. Avatar photo Big Dave says:

      No surprise there. No end of altnets have been fined for poor/illegal street works.

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