Connecting Cambridgeshire

The Connecting Cambridgeshire programme is improving Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s digital infrastructure – including broadband, mobile and public access Wifi coverage – to drive economic growth, help our businesses and communities to thrive and make it easier to access public services.

Connecting Cambridgeshire, hosted by Cambridgeshire County Council, is led by Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, working with local councils, Government bodies and external organisations, including telecoms suppliers and mobile operators.

Superfast Broadband

In 2011, Cambridgeshire County Council invested over £20m in future connectivity by launching the Connecting Cambridgeshire superfast broadband programme and contracting BT* to rollout fast internet access for thousands of homes and businesses that would not be covered commercially.

Together with £3m from Peterborough City Council and £8.75m government funding, the County’s initial outlay has since been used to leverage further funding, grants and private investments including £5.6m from Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority to extend the programme to improve mobile and public access Wifi as well as fibre broadband.

Across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, fewer than 60% of premises could get superfast broadband services up to 24Mbps in 2011. The rollout has now brought superfast access to over 98% of premises – above the national average – with plans to reach over 99% coverage.

The superfast broadband rollout is continuing to fill remaining gaps in coverage – using the latest fibre to the premise (FTTP) technology to bring gigabit-capable connections through a combination of commercial and public investment.

Take up of faster broadband has been among the highest in the country – now over 70% with growing demand for gigabit-capable full fibre, offering future proof speeds of up to 1000Mbps.

*As part of the National Broadband Scheme 2012 and 2016 requirements, please find here the latest wholesale passive and active product pricing lists from suppliers who have benefited from the publicly funded projects: Openreach.

Digital Connectivity

The Connecting Cambridgeshire Digital Connectivity Infrastructure Strategy 2021-2025 will ensure that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has the leading-edge digital connectivity infrastructure needed for local businesses to thrive and that no communities are left behind.

The strategy focuses on delivering next-generation broadband connectivity and mobile coverage, using ‘Smart’ technologies to improve the environment, and extending free public access Wifi, while supporting digital inclusion.

It builds upon the ongoing work of the Connecting Cambridgeshire programme which has established a national reputation for collaborative working at the forefront of innovation, attracting public and private sector funding to invest in future-facing digital infrastructure.

The Combined Authority also has ambitious targets to address the digital divide by levelling up access and reducing inequality in health and access to education, jobs and public services, including improving connectivity for social housing residents.

Programme Overview