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 is led by Cambridgeshire County Council working with Peterborough City Council, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, Government bodies, local councils, and external organisations, including telecoms suppliers and mobile operators.
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.
The Connecting Cambridgeshire Digital Connectivity Strategy 2018-2022 gives an overview of work underway to significantly improve broadband, mobile and public access Wifi coverage across the region by 2022.
In addition to the key areas of broadband, mobile and public access Wifi, the strategy is underpinned by an Enabling Digital Delivery programme and a new Keeping Everyone Connected workstream, to support businesses and communities.
Read about the latest Digital Connectivity Review report for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.