Improved broadband service set to reach more parts of South Gloucestershire

July 28 2017

FASTER broadband has been pledged for more people in South Gloucestershire in the latest phase of a project to improve the service.

FASTER broadband has been pledged for more people in South Gloucestershire in the latest phase of a project to improve the service.

A contract has been awarded to BT for the next stage of the ongoing roll-out of ultra-fast and Next Generation Access broadband to about 4,300 homes and businesses by the end of 2018.

The service will be provided after a successful bid by South Gloucestershire Council for £2 million of funding from Broadband Delivery UK and £1 million from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.

Communities to benefit as a result of the bid include some rural areas not previously covered and remaining areas within communities that were part of the previous two phases.

They include Almondsbury, Alveston, Aust, Cromhall, Dodington, Falfield, Frampton Cotterell, Horton, Iron Acton, Olveston, Rangeworthy, Rockhampton, Sodbury, Tormarton, Tortworth, Westerleigh, Wickwar, Winterbourne and Yate. 

All areas are subject to the standard survey and planning work which will need to be carried out. 

John Goddard, the council’s cabinet member for corporate resources, said: “So far, more than 20,000 homes and businesses have been able to access fibre broadband as part of our roll-out.

 “Once complete, thousands more homes and businesses in more rural areas are set to benefit from a service that would not have been available without the council’s continued efforts to bring about these improvements.”

 Work to provide the service will start later this year, with more information on when communities will be able to benefit from the final phase of the roll-out publicised in due course.