Getting faster fibre broadband in your area

Most homes and businesses in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can now access superfast broadband and the current phase of the rollout is using the latest Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology to connect harder to reach premises in rural areas.

Growing demand for faster, more reliable internet services to support homeworking, learning and entertainment using multiple devices means rural communities are looking for ways to get FTTP, which is future proof.

Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) – also known as ‘full fibre’ or ‘gigabit broadband’ – is the future of broadband, delivered using a fibre-optic cable link all the way from homes and businesses to the exchange.

By delivering broadband direct to homes and businesses, FTTP allows everyone to get the same speeds, independent of where they live. Speeds are much higher with FTTP, with internet service providers already offering download speeds up to 900 Mbps – often called ‘ultrafast’ or ‘hyperfast’.

Project Gigabit

The good news is that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be among the first areas in the country to benefit from the Government’s £5 billion Project Gigabit scheme, announced in March 2021, bringing gigabit speeds to harder to reach areas.

Connecting Cambridgeshire is consulting broadband infrastructure suppliers about their plans so that we can draw up the intervention area, showing all eligible premises that can’t get gigabit speeds, in preparation for a government-led procurement that is likely to take place from summer 2021. Delivery could start in spring/summer 2022.

Community schemes

Some rural community groups have already formed partnerships with local network suppliers having applied to the Government’s rural Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme for funding to install gigabit-capable fibre within 12 months. This scheme has now closed for new applications, however community group schemes that pre-registered with suppliers are progressing.

The next wave of the Government’s UK Gigabit Voucher Scheme will begin on 8 April 2021, however to avoid duplication of public subsidy, premises in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will not be eligible to apply until we know whether they will be included in the Project Gigabit rollout. We will know this later in the year once the procurement is completed.

The eligibility criteria for the new UK Gigabit Voucher Scheme has changed, find out more on their official website.

Broadband Survey

In the meantime, to support future planning for digital connectivity, we are inviting interested residents and businesses to take part in a survey to assess current broadband coverage and future demand for gigabit-capable connectivity.

The Project Gigabit Broadband Survey will be open from mid-April to the end of May 2021: take part in our survey here.

We would also be interested in hearing from community groups who are interested in applying for Gigabit Vouchers.

Future proof full fibre

Check if you can upgrade to superfast (or faster) broadband by following our Getting Superfast steps and find out more about Fibre Broadband Technologies.

Which? has produced a useful guide to the benefits of fibre broadband and regularly reviews the best broadband deals.