HUNDREDS of homes and businesses across Droitwich will soon have access to ultrafast Internet speeds, thanks to network improvements.
Residents and business are now able to sign up for a full fibre connection and receive ultrafast internet speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second for the first time. Over the coming months, properties in the town will be able to benefit making Droitwich much better connected.
It has come about after Worcestershire County Council worked in partnership with local network provider, Fibre Heroes.
Coun Marc Bayliss, Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Skills, said “I am delighted that connectivity across Droitwich will be significantly improved to futureproof the network infrastructure for years to come.
“This will make a real difference to residents and businesses in the town, at a time when access to the internet has never been so important.”
Coun Bob Brookes, Worcestershire County Councillor for Droitwich East, said: “Full Fibre has been a long time coming.
“The existing Fibre to the Cabinet, Copper to the Home network has served the town well but will rapidly become obsolete.
“Only a complete fibre connection will secure town’s future connectivity, so I’m delighted that Droitwich is in the vanguard of this digital revolution and that no property will be left in the slow lane.”
Mid Worcestershire MP Nigel Huddleston said: “Developments like this are key to the Governments’ policy of improving the nation’s connectivity and levelling up more generally.
“This will come as welcome news to local businesses as well as those residents that have struggled to work from home in recent years.
“It’s fantastic to see Droitwich leading the way with new lightning-fast, reliable broadband.”
Area General Manager for Fibre Heroes, Gareth Yardley, said: “The town has been underserved for a long time, so building this full fibre network has been a real achievement.
“Getting the network live and able to serve a large proportion of the town has been a challenge and that challenge will continue as we work to make sure it is available to every property.
“However, knowing the difference it will make to local people for generations to come makes the job worthwhile.”
The Fullfibre programme to upgrade the digital infrastructure in Droitwich will accelerate the country’s recovery from covid, fire up high-growth sectors such as tech and the creative industries, put an end to families battling for bandwidth and bring the speed and reliability people need to start and run businesses.
Visit www.fibreheroes.co.uk for more information or to sign up for a service.