The Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme

Improving Hampshire’s broadband

There is increasing demand for fast, reliable broadband and it is seen by many as essential to every-day life, as well as playing a critical role in the modern economy. 

That’s why the Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme is working to improve broadband access and speeds for residents and businesses across the region.  

As a result, many more people across the county who wouldn’t have been reached by commercial broadband providers are now able to get online and reap the benefits of superfast or ultrafast speeds (also known as gigabit-capable) – including the ability to work from home, stream films and music, watch catch-up TV and have several devices being used by different family members all at once.  

Our Remit

1/ Delivering our rollout Programme

We are doing this by completing the rollout of superfast and ultrafast broadband to residents and businesses in Hampshire.

 More than 100,000 premises that couldn’t get superfast broadband now can, thanks to the Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme.

2/ Supporting government voucher schemes to improve broadband in Hampshire

The government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme is designed to provide funding towards the cost of installing fast, reliable broadband for residents and businesses in rural Hampshire. 

3/ Supporting the government’s ‘Project Gigabit

‘Project Gigabit’ is the government’s national mission to deliver lightning-fast, reliable broadband for everyone in the UK.

How is the programme funded?

Wave 1 of the programme was funded by the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), Hampshire County Council, District and Borough Councils. This first wave of the programme extended superfast broadband coverage from 80% to 90% and was completed in March 2016. 

Wave 2 of the programme is extending coverage even further. It is jointly funded by Hampshire County Council and DCMS. The table below provides a detailed breakdown of the funding sources. 

Target

Hampshire County Council Funding

District and Borough Council Funding

Central Government Funding

BT Funding

Total Funding

Wave 1
upgrade from
80% to 90%

 

£3.75m

 

£1.25m

 

£5m

 

£3.8m

 

£13.8m

Wave 2
upgrade from 
90% to 97.4%


£9.2m
 
£9.2m

£3.8m

£22.2m


Total Funding

 
£12.95m


£1.25m


£14.2m


£7.6m

 
£36m

 

The funding has enabled us to substantially increase access to fast, reliable broadband across the county. However, we recognise that there remain significant areas that still suffer from poor broadband speeds.

Unfortunately, we were never able to cover 100% of the county with the funding we received. So, alongside our programme we also support wider government initiatives and provide information on alternative solutions for those who are struggling to access good broadband speeds.

How it works 

We are working with our delivery partner, Openreach, to give as many people as possible across the region access to superfast or ultrafast broadband. This means a minimum download speed of 24Mbps, whether via FTTC or FTTP connections (see Types of Broadband for more information)  

This is done on a value for money basis, meaning the rollout is designed to reach as many premises as possible in the shortest amount of time with the funding that is available to us.  

FTTP is being installed in areas of the county where it is the most viable option and where FTTC doesn’t necessarily provide the best outcome because of geographical or technical restrictions. 

Use our postcode checker to find out if you can get speeds that are superfast or higher where you live. 

Other schemes to improve superfast broadband access

Alongside the superfast programme, there are a number of other schemes to help improve broadband access. Please see our Alternative Solutions menu for the latest information. 

Find out when Superfast Broadband is coming to your area

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