Around 210 households on the new Silverwoods housing estate in Kidderminster are looking forward to joining the fast lane following a deal between housing developers – Bovis and Taylor Wimpey - and Openreach, the network business which is part of BT Group. The co-funding partnership, which involves investment by Openreach and the developers, has been welcomed by Mark Garnier, MP for Wyre Forest, who stepped in after learning how this part of the estate was not part of any public or private sector fibre broadband upgrade plans. Under the agreement, Openreach will install a new roadside fibre broadband cabinet and fibre optic cabling to enable the households to get broadband download speeds of up to 80 megabits per second (Mbps) and downloads of up to 20Mpbs by the end of the year.
Mark Garnier, said: “After raising residents’ concerns on hearing of their inadequate broadband provision on this new housing development, I welcome this cross business initiative to ensure that families and businesses will now be able to access a broadband infrastructure fit for the 21st century”. Robert Ellam, Senior Civil Engineer at Bovis Homes, said: “With lots of families moving to Silverwoods, and more people wanting the option of working from home, it’s important residents have access to high-speed fibre broadband.”
James Watton, engineer at Taylor Wimpey, said: “We’re grateful to Openreach for working with us to find an appropriate solution that will result in around 210 households here having access to superfast fibre broadband.” Steve Haines, Openreach’s Managing Director, said: “Partnerships like this help us to bring high-speed connections to areas that the private sector would have difficulty reaching alone. More than 92 per cent of the UK can access superfast speeds today, and we’re committed to making fibre broadband as widely available as possible in the UK. That’s why we’re investing in hundreds of community projects across the UK, working in partnership with business and residential communities to deliver faster speeds from a wide choice of competing internet service providers. I have no doubt that the residents of Silverwoods will see real benefits thanks to the faster connectivity and variety of services we’re delivering.”
Upgrades do not happen automatically. People wanting to benefit from fibre broadband need to order it from their chosen communications provider. Because the network is being installed by Openreach households and businesses can choose from a wide range of companies offering competitive fibre broadband products and services.