The County Council is investing more than £28m to bring faster broadband to premises across Hampshire that market forces are unable to reach. This investment will ensure that we exceed current government coverage targets.
Improving broadband speeds across Hampshire involves a considerable civil infrastructure project to upgrade and replace parts of BT Openreach's telephone network.
It is not possible to upgrade the whole county at once. The programme is divided into sections and designed to reach the most premises in the shortest possible timeframe.
- 90% Coverage by end 2016 - achieved ahead of time
- 95% Coverage by end 2017 - on target
Wave 1 of our programme increased coverage from 80% of premises to 90% of premises between 2013 and 2015. This was achieved by upgrading connections to more than 64,000 premises which market forces have not been able to reach.
Wave 2 will involve upgrading connections to an additional 43,000 premises across the county. This work will take place between 2016 and 2019 and will ensure Superfast Broadband services are available to more than 97% of premises in Hampshire.