‘An unforgettable experience’ – County Broadband competition winners enjoy England Rugby thriller at Twickenham

Winners of a County Broadband competition who won a special VIP trip to Twickenham to watch England beat Ireland in a Six Nations thriller have spoken of their “unforgettable experience”.

County Broadband launched a ‘Rugby Kick Lag To Touch’ competition for eligible customers connected to the rural provider’s full fibre network ahead of the 2024 Six Nations Championship.

Competition winners Michael Fair and Mark Brackley enjoyed the comfort and entertainment provided in the British Airways Rose Garden hospitality suite at Twickenham Stadium before watching England score a dramatic last-minute drop-goal to defeat Ireland 23-22 on March 9th.

County Broadband full fibre customer Mark Brackley, who enjoyed a premium view of the action-packed classic game in the East Stand at Twickenham, said: “Thank you so much County Broadband for the competition VIP tickets. I literally couldn’t have written a better script for the game!

“It was probably the best game I’ve ever seen. The hospitality lounge was awesome, with great food and plenty of drinks flowing. I can’t thank you enough.”

Michael Fair added: “Cheers County Broadband for an unforgettable experience! That drop goal scored by Marcus Smith at 80 minutes and 17 seconds to win the brilliant game for England will forever be in my memory.”

Full fibre broadband, also known as Fibre-To-The-Premises (FTTP), is the installation of fibre optic cables directly into premises. The new large-scale full fibre broadband infrastructure provides speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps (gigabit-capable) which is 11 times quicker than current copper superfast networks. Full fibre can also be upgraded to 10,000 Mbps in the future and provides vastly superior network reliability due to the technology of the fibre optic cables.

In contrast, copper-based superfast connections are based on Fibre-To-The-Cabinet (FTTC) Victorian technology in which fibre cables are sent to roadside cabinets and distributed via copper cabling.

In total, County Broadband is designing, building and deploying full fibre broadband in over 250 villages and market towns across the East of England, backed by a combined £146 million of private investment from Aviva Investors, to help drive local economic growth and provide reliable access to modern online services in response to rising demand in rural and remote areas.

Whether you’re a resident or business, you can check if you’re covered in County Broadband’s full fibre rollout by entering your postcode at www.countybroadband.co.uk where you can also register your interest in finding out more about the infrastructure and service.

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