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Norfolk will have some of the best broadband connectivity in Europe as new plan is launched

06:30 28 January 2015

The extension of the Better Broadband for Norfolk programme is welcomed at County Hall. From left, Karen O'Kane, the programme director; Marie Strong, Broadband Working Group chairman; George Nobbs, leader of the Norfolk County Council; Mark Pendlington, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership chairman; and Bill Murphy, BT managing director for Next Generation. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The extension of the Better Broadband for Norfolk programme is welcomed at County Hall. From left, Karen O'Kane, the programme director; Marie Strong, Broadband Working Group chairman; George Nobbs, leader of the Norfolk County Council; Mark Pendlington, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership chairman; and Bill Murphy, BT managing director for Next Generation. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2015

£17.9m extra funding will see 90% of properties in Norfolk get access to fibre-optic broadband.

How can I get super-fast broadband?

To see if you can get super-fast fibre-optic speeds go to www.betterbroadbandnorfolk.co.uk.

By using the postcode checker you can see if your area already has the new technology.

Karen O’Kane, director of the Better Broadband for Norfolk programme, said: “In order to get faster speeds you need to check if it is available in your area and then contact your provider to upgrade your services.”

Norfolk will have greater high-speed fibre-optic broadband coverage than France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

That’s according to the man at BT in charge of connecting Norfolk to super-fast internet.

Yesterday saw representatives from Norfolk County Council, BT and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership to mark the £17.9m extension of the Better Broadband for Norfolk programme.

Bill Murphy, BT Managing Director for Next Generation Access, said: “Norfolk is in a leading position in terms of fibre broadband. This launch is about getting to 90 percent coverage but our further ambition is to get to 99 percent by 2018.”

On Monday, January 27 it was announced that by the end of 2017 a further 25,000 mostly rural homes will be connected to the super-fast fibre network.

This is on top of the £41m deal in 2012 to improve internet speeds for 174,000 homes and businesses.

Mr Murphy added: “Our priority is doing this in a way that is of best value for all stake holders, tax payers and the County Council.”

He said that if extra central government funding is made available then Norfolk will benefit from it.

“One of the first official things I did when I became leader in May 2013 was to attend the laying of the last fibre in Croxton.”

George Nobbs, leader of Norfolk County Council said: “It has always been a priority of this Council, we have put money into it even though councils are short of cash.”

Mr Nobbs added: “We will continue until we have at least 99% and then tackle the last one percent.”

Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership said: “Broadband is as important as road and rail for the economy of Norfolk.”

• Are you still waiting to be connected? Contact: george.ryan@archant.co.uk

6 comments

  • Sorry to see the EDP is not giving more credit to incinerator-scandal-former-toxic-tory-councillor Ann Steward. You may not be aware, but people asked for this very thing in a survey she claims to have conducted, and the EDP usually has a soft spot for a ghastly Tory Iiar. LOL

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    Mr Cameron Isastrangertothetruth

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

  • Does that mean more of us will be able to vote 'for' the EDP's campaign to save Jakir Ahmed? After all, he seems like a really bright, keen, hard-working young fellow, just the sort of go-getter that this country needs. Now if only he was a super-rich foreign non-dom; for a sizeable bung to David Cameron's Conservative Party he would be allowed to do what the heII he pleases here, no questions asked.

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    Mr Cameron Isastrangertothetruth

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

  • In the year 2525. And until then it will have the worst. Fancy taking me on as a journalist EDP? I tell it how it is.

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    alecto

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

  • Like every other county, another one falls for the hype. They will get copper cabinets, a few will go faster and the digital divide grow ever wider. The poor folk on long lines will get zilch, or expensive satellites. Its a superfarce. The ones who go faster will use more data and be charged more. BT are the only winners in this.

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    Chris Conder

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

  • I went on fibre optic broadband [ not BT] . They changed the conditions of use , supposed to be Unlimited Use when I joined , then , if I watched a video in the evening , they would slow my speed right down . Called me a heavy user . I`m now on BT copper wire , I can watch a video or IPlayer , no problem .

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    dragonfly

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

  • Let's not crow too much we as a country are way behind on rollout. Norfolk and every other area was meant to have this all in place by May. We are now talking about 2017. And there will still be 10-15% of areas missing out. Don't get me started on the costs with BT having no competition...

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    Jono

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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