Hampshire County Council is investing more than £28m to bring superfast broadband to over 100,000 more premises across Hampshire that would otherwise not be reached.
Improving broadband speeds involves considerable civil engineering work to upgrade, replace and install new infrastructure in parts of Openreach's telephone network.
Due to the scale and complexity of the work, it is not possible to upgrade the whole county at once so the rollout has been divided into sections. It is planned on a value for money basis, meaning it is designed to reach the most premises possible in the shortest amount of time possible within the funding that is available to us.
Wave 1 of our programme increased coverage from 80% of premises to 90% of premises between 2013 and 2016. 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 extending this coverage to over 100,000 properties. This work will take place between 2016 and 2018 and will ensure superfast broadband services are available to more than 97% of premises in Hampshire.
Wave 2 Extension - 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.