County Broadband selects FND for REAL FIBRE rollout

The partnership between ourselves and specialists Fibre Network Design (FND) has been hailed as a significant milestone in the project to build full-fibre infrastructure in Sudbury.

We have appointed FND as a strategic partner to help design and deliver the proposed gigabit-capable network in the Suffolk market town.

It follows the news last month that around 8,000 premises in Sudbury have been earmarked to receive the service after being added to our growing full-fibre rollout across East Anglia, backed by a £46 million private investment from Aviva Investors.

FND, based in London, has many years of expertise in the telecommunications sector, delivering key projects from broadband design and engineering to municipal fibre development nationwide.

If Sudbury gives the green light to the demand-led proposals, the FTTP (fibre-to-the-premises) infrastructure would be built to replace the current part-copper superfast FTTC networks (fibre-to-the-cabinet) that dates to the Victorian period.

The new network would also improve connection reliability and provide initial speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps – nearly 20 times faster than the UK average – with the option to upgrade to over 10,000 Mbps in the future. The FTTP infrastructure would be built and operational by spring 2022.

Prime minister Boris Johnson is relying on local providers like us to achieve his flagship target of providing 1Gbps capable speeds to over 85% of the UK by 2025. It forms part of his “infrastructure revolution” to catch up with the rest of the world and support the Covid-19 recovery.

The deployment of full-fibre broadband could be worth £5.38bn to the East of England economy, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

Sudbury residents and businesses are urged to register their interest in the project to help County Broadband plan and prioritise its rollout by visiting www.sudbury.countybroadband.co.uk.