Connecting Shropshire

June 3, 2013 / 9 comments / Permalink

Connecting Shropshire Launch Event

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Brendan Dick, Keith Barrow, Kim Mears and Daniel Kawczynski MP (from left to right) view the fibre optic technology at the launch of Connecting Shropshire on 31st May 2013

Brendan Dick, Keith Barrow, Kim Mears and Daniel Kawczynski MP (from left to right) view the fibre optic technology at the launch of Connecting Shropshire on 31st May 2013

More than 100 representatives from businesses, councillors and community organisations have been hearing about a project to ‘build a broadband future’ in Shropshire.

The Connecting Shropshire project is a joint venture between Shropshire Council and BT to bring a broadband service to every corner of the county by the end of spring 2016.

BT is contributing £8.6m towards improving broadband coverage in ‘non-commercial’
areas, while Shropshire Council is contributing £8.2m, with £7.84m coming from the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funds.

The aim is to see 93% of premises across Shropshire – more than 130,000 premises – getting access to broadband speeds of up to 80Mbps by the end of spring 2016.  In
addition, the contract includes a commitment to deliver a minimum speed of 2Mbps to all premises in the project area.

An event was held on Friday 31 May 2013 to explain to people from community organisations, businesses, and town and parish councils how the project will work.

Click here for photos of the event.

Representatives from BT, Shropshire Council and BDUK spoke about the huge engineering challenge involved with getting broadband to the more rural parts of Shropshire, as well as highlighting the benefits that faster broadband can bring.

Follow the link to view the Building a Broadband Future (presentation).

Keith Barrow, Shropshire Council’s Leader, said:

“I think everyone is excited about the potential of getting faster broadband, and there
is a natural tendency for people to see improvements straight away. However, it’s important to understand what a huge undertaking it is to install cables in all of our rural areas, and we were grateful to have BT experts on hand to explain the engineering feat that’s involved.”

Brendan Dick, managing director of the BT Regions team, said:

“During the next three years we’ll be rolling out enough fibre to connect Shropshire to
the Swiss Alps.  This is a physically and technically challenging project.  I was delighted to be there last Friday sharing some insights on how we approach fibre deployment, and what work is already underway.”

Diagram illustrating the phases of the Connecting Shropshire project

Diagram illustrating the phases of the Connecting Shropshire project

9 comments

  1. We’ve been informed that our broadband speed is so poor (between 500 kbps & 1 mbps) because we are at the end of the Bromfield line. Will we see our broadband speed increase to an acceptable level under this scheme?

    • We’re committed to giving everyone in the Shropshire Council area a basic level of broadband (2mbps download speed) by the end of Spring 2016.
      The Connecting Shropshire team

  2. I can’t see anything on this site which explains what will happen to the 7 percent of people (like me) who will no doubt fall outside of the fibre optic network. Are you going to leave us to our own devices or are you planning to help us reach reasonable/workable speeds for our homes and businesses? Connecting Cymru (Wales) has pledged to assist all properties in Wales, not just the easy to reach ones. What is Shropshire’s policy please for the rural dwellers amongst us?

    • We don’t yet know where the ‘hard-to-reach’ premises that won’t get a fibre solution are, although all premises in the programme area will get a minimum speed of 2Mbps. More detailed planning is currently underway to help us identify these areas. As part of the programme, we’ll be looking at innovative, partner and community initiatives to increase the superfast broadband coverage beyond 93%.
      The Connecting Shropshire team.

  3. Martin Whitelegg

    This sounds very good however I live in Baschurch. We won the ‘race to infinity’ for superfast broadband in January 2011 and I am still waiting for BT to connect it. It has been delayed by over a year so far. I hope this is delivered in a more timely manner.

  4. For us out in the sticks it is not about high speed and faster broadband, its more about just getting broadband, full stop! By “premises” we hope you mean “homes” as well.

    • Thanks for your comment, we use the term “premises” to include homes and businesses.
      The Connecting Shropshire team

  5. So good to see this project up-and-running.
    However….we rural dwellers need to know if and when we will be connected.
    Can you be more specific as to what areas
    will be involved and approx. dates?

    • The most up-to-date information is on the website. In summary: the exchanges in phase 1 should be announced in the Autumn of 2013 and go live in Spring 2014, the programme has 9 phases and is due to end in Spring of 2016.
      The Connecting Shropshire team.