The Story So Far
In Hampshire, the commercially funded rollout conducted by Openreach and Virgin will reach around 80% of premises. The Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme will build on this and extend coverage to 97.4% percent of premises in Hampshire. At least 100,000 additional premises will then be able to access superfast services. To ensure the best value for money for the taxpayer and reach the largest number of premises in the shortest possible time the rollout has been designed in stages, which we have called Waves.
Wave 1 - extension to 90% of Hampshire
The first wave of investment in Hampshire reached more than 80,000 business and residential premises. Wave 1 represented a £13.8 million investment, £5 million of which was investment from the County Council and its district and borough council partners. Delivery of the first part of the programme extending Superfast Broadband coverage to 90% of the county was completed in 2015.
DCMS Additional Funding (formerly called the Rural Community Broadband Fund)
Nearly 3,300 homes and businesses in the New Forest and Test Valley will be able to benefit from access to superfast broadband following a successful £1m bid to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Hampshire County Council secured the funding to extend the coverage to some of the county’s hardest to reach areas. Now more than 1,500 premises in the New Forest and over 1,800 premises in Test Valley will be able to access superfast broadband.The investment will allow local communities, that would otherwise miss out on the advantages of an improved Internet connection, to access better broadband speeds.
For more information visit: Additional funding - New Forest & Test Valley
DCMS Innovation Fund
An estimated 1,500 premises in East Hampshire are able to switch over to Superfast Broadband thanks to a £1.2 million Innovation Fund Trial from the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). Parts of Privett, Ropley, Bramdean, Gundleton and Bighton, all situated on the outskirts of Winchester, are now able to benefit from improved internet speeds with first connections delivered by March 2016. The DCMS Innovation Fund Trial was delivered by Call Flow Solutions.
A mixture of tailored solutions including fibre to the street cabinets (FTTC), fibre connected directly to premises (FTTP) and fixed wireless technology have been delivered by Call Flow. The delivery of infrastructure was completed in March 2016.
For more information and detailed maps visit: DCMS Innovation Fund.
Call Flow Solutions can be contacted at: www.callflowsolutions.com or 0800 280 0590.
Wave 2 - bringing superfast up to 96% of Hampshire
We are funding upgrades to more than 42,000 additional premises across the county between January 2016 and December 2018. Once completed, Wave 2 will make Superfast Broadband available to 96% of premises in Hampshire.
Wave 2 extension - reaching 97.4% of Hampshire
With the help of more funding, we have been able to extend the Wave 2 rollout to include even more properties. The plans for the areas that are already included in Wave 2 have not changed; they will still be upgraded by 2018. The extension means we can reach some additional areas on top of this. The work to connect the extra areas will be carried out in 2018 and 2019.
Completion of Wave 1 and Wave 2 will bring superfast service to more than 105,000 premises that would otherwise have been left behind.
The delivery of such a large project has to be completed in stages and Wave 2 and the Wave 2 extension are divided into phases. These are progressed on a value for money basis so that the highest number of properties possible can be upgraded.
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The final 2.6%
Hampshire County Council is dedicated to reaching as many premises in Hampshire as possible and we will seek to build on the existing programme to extend the coverage to the hardest to reach areas in the remaining 2.6% of the county. The final 2.6% fall into areas that are typically more expensive and difficult to reach. The council is currently working with central government to find a way to make reaching these premises possible.
Please register your interest in Superfast Broadband via the postcode checker on our home page and we will keep you updated if more information about additional funding and coverage becomes available.