Engineers go the distance to bring the benefits of fibre broadband to Bromyard
14th August, 2015
Engineers working to deliver faster fibre broadband across Herefordshire have overcome technical challenges to enable around 1,850 homes and businesses in Bromyard to benefit from the ambitious Fastershire programme.
A new connection to the main telephone network running from Hereford to Bromyard - a total distance of 15 miles - had to be installed to make fibre available to homes and businesses in Bromyard. Work to bring fibre broadband to this area was very complex because engineers from Openreach – BT’s local network business - had to lay the fibre cable across areas where national carriers of gas and electricity have their main networks, with high pressure gas mains and high voltage power cables buried deep underground.
When added to BT’s commercial roll-out of fibre broadband in Herefordshire, the Fastershire programme takes coverage to more than 50 percent of the county and is on track to make fibre broadband available to around 90 per cent of Herefordshire homes and businesses by the end of 2016.
Bill Wiggin MP said: “I am delighted that residents and business in Bromyard will now be able to access superfast fibre broadband. Tackling and improving broadband speeds was a key priority for me during the election campaign and is vitally important to our local economy in Herefordshire. The arrival of fibre broadband in Bromyard coincides with the Government’s national Broadband Delivery UK programme passing three million premises with the new fibre network. This underlines the Government's commitment to ensuring that UK businesses can compete in an increasingly global economy. I am looking forward to seeing more communities in North Herefordshire connected to superfast fibre broadband over the coming months.
Councillor Graham Powell, Cabinet Member at Herefordshire Council responsible for broadband, said “Though we have reached the 50 per cent marker we obviously still have a way to go. Some people and areas will be disappointed that fibre has not got to them yet, but we are looking to the long term where faster broadband meets the needs of residents and enables companies to grow in a world so dependent of on-line interaction.”
Penny Gilbert, owner of Gilberts Equestrian and Country in Bromyard, welcomed the news. She said: “We’ve recently launched our online shop and new website so we’re looking forward to having fibre broadband installed as it will make updates to the website so much quicker. Having an online shop will really help us to grow the business. My daughter also runs her own business training and selling events ponies. She’s often at the shop and will be loading up videos and pictures to her facebook page whilst she’s here. Soon we’ll be able to all be online at the same time without slowing up anyone else wanting to access the internet too!”
Bill Murphy, BT’s managing director for next generation access, said: “BT’s multi billion pound investment in superfast broadband through partnerships and its own commercial programme has already made fibre broadband available to more than 50,000 households and businesses in Herefordshire – and the number continues to grow. Our Openreach engineers are bringing superfast broadband to some of the most rural areas of England. Bromyard was a real challenge to reach as we had to navigate an area peppered with multiple national utility networks in order to lay 15 miles of new fibre cabling. We are working hard to roll-out superfast broadband to homes and businesses across the rest of the county as quickly as possible.”