County Broadband achieves first-ever national recognition at ISPA Awards

County Broadband was a runner-up in the Best Rural ISP category at the virtual ISPA Awards 2020

Essex-based County Broadband has achieved its first-ever national recognition at a prestigious awards event for rolling out Hyperfast networks across East Anglia, boosting the region’s Covid-19 economic recovery.

The community broadband provider was a runner-up in the Best Rural ISP (Internet Service Provider) category at the virtual ISPA Awards 2020, run by the Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA UK), held last night (November 18).

County Broadband is rolling out Hyperfast full-fibre broadband networks across Essex, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk following a £46 million private investment from Aviva Investors, providing access to some of the UK’s fastest and most reliable speeds to residents and businesses.

More than 100 villages have signed up and given the green light to have the new UK-leading digital infrastructure built in their community. The new network will deliver improved reliability and speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps initially – nearly 20 times faster than the UK average and will be upgradable to over 10,000 Mbps in the future.

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Lloyd Felton, chief executive of County Broadband, which has grown by 500% amid the Covid-19 pandemic, said: “We are proud to have been a national finalist at the ISPA Awards, now in its 22nd year, and achieve our first-ever national recognition. During such challenging times for everyone, it’s nice to have something to smile about and enjoy.

“The national recognition reflects the hard work of our amazing staff and is a testament to our rapid growth, investment in local people, skills and infrastructure, provision of future-ready broadband, and our community engagement which has moved seamlessly from village halls to virtual meetings.

“The Covid-19 pandemic and sweeping fundamental changes to how we live and work has shown just how outdated our digital infrastructure has become and the importance of fast, reliable digital connectivity. We look forward to continue engaging with communities in our ever-growing rollout in rural and urban East Anglia and helping our region bounce back with confidence and resilience.”

The finalists of the Best Rural ISP award were judged on broadband speeds, innovation, number of sign-ups, educational initiatives and a number of other factors.

County Broadband, based in Aldham in Essex, aims to provide Hyperfast full-fibre connection access to 20,000 premises across the East of England by Christmas. To see if the service is available in your area, view the postcode checker by visiting www.countybroadband.co.uk.