Thousands across South West to get ultrafast broadband connections

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People and businesses in Bath and Somerset to receive faster broadband

Thousands of homes and businesses in Bath & North East Somerset and North Somerset will be able to connect to one of the fastest broadband networks in the UK following a major contract announcement by Connecting Devon and Somerset.

CDS, a local government-led partnership, has signed a £10.3 million investment deal with ultrafast broadband provider Gigaclear that will give 6,500 rural homes and businesses the opportunity of broadband speeds up to 1,000 mbps.

Under the deal, Gigaclear will be investing £7.8 million of private sector money and building an entirely new all-fibre network to connect directly to homes and businesses.

Over 28,000 homes and businesses in Bath & North East Somerset and North Somerset already have access to superfast broadband under an earlier construction deal by CDS with BT. Tens of thousands more have access via entirely commercial provision.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Member for economic development, said: “Digital connectivity is a vital element of our economy and everyday life, but the market alone cannot deliver. Here in North Somerset public sector intervention has been vital in ensuring rural communities and businesses will not be left behind. I am pleased that this new investment continues our drive to provide the best broadband for our communities and economy.”

Joe Frost, Business Development Director at Gigaclear, said: “We’re delighted to win this contract to build this completely new, full fibre broadband network in North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset. It will be socially and economically transformative, delivering speeds up to 33 times faster than the UK average and crucially for business the upload speeds are just as fast.”

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