Oxford Ultrafast Broadband
Oxford County Council confirms ultrafast broadband is coming to 970 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the county.
15:18 17 November 2019
Oxford County Council has recently announced two new contracts that will deliver ultrafast broadband to businesses in rural parts of the county. The announcement follows a successful application to DeFRA for £6.3million of EARDF funding.
The scheme will also deliver full-fibre connections that can offer up to 1Gb/s to some 900 nearby residential premises at their own cost. Once completed, the scheme will bring superfast coverage in Oxfordshire to 98per cent.
Craig Bower, ICT project manager for Oxfordshire County Council, said: “This is a great boost for Oxfordshire’s rural SME’s. All the businesses in scope currently have slow broadband when they increasingly need fast access to online resources to improve productivity and be competitive.”
“Our existing Better Broadband programme has delivered superfast access to over 77,000 premises and we know it is making a huge difference to residents and business with over two thirds of those able to connect subscribing to the superfast services.”
Carl Sproston, regional partnership director at Openreach said: “We have partnered with Oxfordshire CC for over five years delivering better broadband to thousands of premises, and look forward to continuing this as we deliver ultrafast connectivity to the hardest to reach premises in the county.”
Redmond Peel, CEO of Airband added: “We are delighted to be working with Oxfordshire County Council on this important next stage of improving digital infrastructure in the county.”
“We are delivering full-fibre connectivity capable of gigabit speeds which will future-proof broadband needs for the 21st century.”