Rapid progress in technology means that a ubiquitous full fibre footprint is needed to underpin the local economy, support public services and prepare for the next generation of mobile services.

To achieve this, the programme strategy set the following targets in July 2018:

  • Target a threefold expansion of full fibre networks across the county bringing ‘fibre to the premise’ (FTTP) services to many more homes and businesses.
  • Provide fibre upgrades to around 30 public buildings, including schools, libraries, fire stations and GP surgeries, across nine locations in Cambridgeshire.
  • Create a 40Km stretch of fibre ducting from St Ives to Linton – linking fibre in new and existing routes and making it available to commercial operators to bring Gigabit networks to nearby homes and businesses

An ambitious new target to achieve over 30% full fibre coverage across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough by 2022 is being proposed to support the county’s Connecting Cambridgeshire wide-ranging digital connectivity strategy.

The full fibre target is part of a package of plans to be considered by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Economy and Environment Committee on 14 March, including innovative use of the Council’s assets to deliver better connectivity.  Read more here.