Fibre optic broadband for 20,000 Warwickshire homes

Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire (CSW) broadband group have rolled out new fibre optic services in north Warwickshire as the scheme reaches its 20,000th home.

BT and Warwickshire County Council have announced that the villages of Hurley, Kingsbury and Wood End now have high-speed fibre broadband.

The new rollout will reach approximately 3,500 residences, with the 100th fibre optic road-side cabinet installed at Kingsbury.

Karen Hanson, head teacher at Kingsbury Primary School, said: “Having access to decent broadband will make such a difference to us… as technology becomes more integrated into the school curriculum good connectivity is vital for pupils and teachers alike.”

Councillor Alan Cockburn, deputy leader of Warwickshire County Council, said: “This is a major milestone. It is just nine months since the first cabinet went live and now over 20,000 properties can access high-speed fibre broadband.”

Councillor Brian Moss, county councillor for Kingsbury, commented, “I am thrilled that our villages have access to superfast broadband. It gives our young people so many educational benefits as well as improving the quality of life for all of our residents.”

Ian Binks, BT partnership director, West Midlands, added, “Faster fibre broadband enables small businesses to stay in contact with their customers and suppliers more easily and quickly.”

The network is being provided by BT’s Openreach service which means that residents will have a choice of providers and “opt in” to the new services. The new broadband will offer reported download speeds of up to 80 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 20Mbps.

Looking forward, BT intends to implement a rollout of fibre optic services to 400,000 across the CSW region as part of its £2.5 billion UK wide rollout scheme.

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