A new full-fibre network enabling homes and businesses to access mega-fast broadband in Winterton and Winteringham has been warmly welcomed.
Openreach engineers, following social distancing guidelines, installed the optic fibre cables, which run from local telephone exchanges right up to people’s front doors.
The Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology provides speeds of up to one gigabit per second – more than 15 times faster than the UK’s current average broadband speed.
Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, welcomed the upgrade, which is available to around 800 homes and businesses in Winterton and more than 500 in Winteringham. He said:
“The council is working hard to increase broadband speeds for communities across North Lincolnshire. I am delighted that the people of Winterton and Winteringham can access ultra-fast broadband and all the benefits it can bring to businesses and communities.
“I would encourage people in those areas to talk to their internet providers to take advantage of the new ultra-fast speeds that are now available.
“We will continue to work with providers, such as Openreach, to bring North Lincolnshire into the digital fast lane.
Research suggests the development will provide a boost for the local economy by enabling local businesses to work smarter and help new businesses get off the ground and create jobs.
Andrew Percy, MP for Brigg and Goole, said:
“Improving our local broadband connectivity is something that I have long-campaigned and pushed for. I remain in close contact with Openreach and the council’s broadband team for further updates on the rollout of FTTP locally, and will continue to push for improvements throughout our constituency.”
Engineers are continuing to work in market towns across Yorkshire and the Humber area, bringing the broadband boost to many more homes and businesses over the next few months.
Robert Thorburn, Openreach’s Regional Partnership Director in the North, said:
“We’re making great progress here in Winterton and Winteringham, and our full fibre build has continued despite the obvious challenges.
“As well as keeping people connected using our existing network, our engineers have continued building the new infrastructure to make sure that we can support families, businesses and the economic recovery.”