The Connecting Cambridgeshire programme is improving the county’s digital infrastructure – including broadband, mobile and public access Wi-Fi 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.
The superfast broadband rollout has already reached over 96% of homes and businesses, and is aiming for over 99% coverage countywide by the end of 2020. A third phase of the fibre broadband rollout is underway, and a fourth phase is being planned to reach remaining areas over the next two years.
Take-up of superfast broadband is among the highest in the country at over 57% (July 2018).
Under the contract with BT, which includes a clawback clause, an additional funding stream of over £10million has been made available enabling Connecting Cambridgeshire to extend the rollout in the current phase.
Extending the programme
The Connecting Cambridgeshire digital connectivity programme is now being extended to work with telecoms providers and mobile operators to target improvements in fixed and mobile connectivity including:
- Improving mobile coverage (2G & 4G)
- Extending full fibre networks so more homes and businesses can access Fibre to the Premise (FTTP)
- Expanding public access WiFi in public buildings and open spaces
- Being ‘ahead of the curve’ in trialling 5G (next generation mobile)
This will be achieved by a combination of private sector investment and public funding.
These ambitious plans will be supported by a £5.6m investment by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, as part of a shared vision for fixed and mobile connectivity to underpin the region’s growth and prosperity.
The programme has also been allocated £4m additional Government funding for Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) to: provide fibre upgrades to around 30 public buildings; increase full fibre availability along a ‘digital innovation corridor’ from St Ives to Linton; and support businesses to access Gigabit fibre networks.
More details will be added to web pages for each workstream as the wider programme develops: