Surfing the web set to speed up in remote Warwickshire riverside communities

Some of the oldest and smallest riverside communities in Warwickshire, which used to rely on the waterways to help them stay connected, will be among the next areas to benefit from the CSW Broadband roll-out of high-speed fibre broadband.

The next locations getting access to the technology for the first time include parts of Barton and Dunnington on the River Avon, Hunningham and Wappenbury on the River Leam, and parts of Pillerton Hersey near the River Dene, the CSW Broadband partnership announced today.

This latest phase of the CSW Broadband roll-out will also take in areas of Dorsington – which was listed in the Domesday Book – as well as the Back Lane and Shirley Lane areas of Flint’s Green, near Meriden.

Engineers from Openreach – the business responsible for Britain’s largest phone and broadband network – will begin the upgrades in the next few months, and the first households and businesses will start to go ‘live’ in the New Year.

The latest update coincides with the launch of a new online map – www.cswbroadband.org.uk/latestmap – which is designed to give local households and businesses more detail than ever before about the CSW Broadband roll-out.

It includes new information about the areas to benefit from the £28 million Contract 3 expansion of CSW Broadband with BT Group, announced last month. The roll-out is part of the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme.

Councillor Kam Kaur, Portfolio Holder for Customer and Transformation for lead partner Warwickshire County Council, said: “CSW Broadband continues to bring broadband to some of the most rural parts of our area. It is just over three years since the project celebrated the first cabinet to go live and now over 58,000 properties can connect to the new fibre network.

“The new mapping makes it even easier for residents and businesses to see what is happening in their area, right down to the level of individual properties. The team is continually working to extend and improve the information that is available, and this latest iteration will help people to make informed decisions. For the first time, it is possible to see which areas will benefit not just from the current roll-out, but also from Contract 3, which starts next year. Great progress has been made so far, and there is much more to come.”

Steve Haines, Managing Director of Next Generation Access for Openreach, said: “CSW Broadband is a major engineering programme with a range of technical and geographical challenges. Many of the homes and businesses in this next phase are built near rivers and are served by Exchange Only (EO) lines which are connected directly to the telephone exchange rather than via a green roadside cabinet. In order to connect EO lines, additional roadside cabinets have to be installed and cables diverted to enable more of the county’s most remote communities to access this important technology. Where possible, the cabling will be routed to avoid having to cross any rivers.”

Because the fibre broadband network is being installed by Openreach, households and businesses have a wide choice of fibre broadband providers. Upgrades do not happen automatically. Anyone wanting to benefit need to place an order with their chosen fibre broadband provider.

Existing underground ducting is used wherever possible, minimising disruption and the need to dig up roads and pavements.