Project History

In Hampshire, the commercially funded rollout conducted by BT and Virgin will reach around 80% of premises. The Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme will build on this and extend coverage to 95 percent of premises in Hampshire, and at least 97,000 additional premises will 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 77,000 business and residential premises. 77,000 will be able to access speeds of 24Mbps+, and over 40,000 of these will have access to speeds in excess of 50Mbps.T 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 will conclude by April 2016.

- DCMS Additional Funding (formerly 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 and detailed maps 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 - extension to at least 95% of Hampshire

BT Openreach will be upgrading connections to over 34,000 premises across the county between January 2016 and September 2018. Once completed, Wave 2 will make Superfast Broadband available to more than 95% of premises in Hampshire. Wave 2 has funding of around £16.45million. Upon completion of Wave 1 and Wave 2, an additional 97,000 premises will have access to Superfast Broadband; this will bring the total number of Hampshire homes and businesses with access to superfast services to 570,000.

The delivery of such a large project has to be completed in stages and Wave 2 is divided in 5 phases which are detailed below.

Our postcode checker remains the best way to find out what is happening in your area, so please use the checker which is available from our home page.

Phase

Timeframe

Phase 1

 January 2016 - December 2016

Phase 2

 July 2016 - June 2017

Phase 3

 Jan 2017 - December 2017

Phase 4

 July 2017 - June 2018

Phase 5

 January 2018 - September 2018

 

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 on business models and technology solutions to find a way to make outreach to this percentage 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. 

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