Broadband boost set for Lincoln and Stamford

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Further private and Government investment is to be made into the region’s broadband infrastructure.

Openreach has announced plans to upgrade the fibre broadband networks in Lincoln and Stamford, bringing potential speeds of 330Mbps.

Cllr Richard Davies, executive member responsible for the onlincolnshire project, said: “At 330Mbps, you can stream HD, 4K and even 8K video on multiple devices in the same house simultaneously, and it will also enable people to embrace new technologies like virtual reality.

“For businesses, it will mean greater efficiency, enabling them to download and upload extremely large files quickly, and well as offering improved video conferencing.”

The investment will build on the momentum generated by the county council-led onlincolnshire project, which has already benefited 160,000 homes and businesses across the county.

Onlincolnshire has helped increased access to superfast speeds in Lincoln, with 99.6 percent of the city now covered, up from 96.8 percent at the start of the project.

During the same period, South Kesteven has seen superfast coverage increase from 66 percent to 96 per cent.

Cllr Davies said: “The onlincolnshire project has dramatically improved the county’s broadband infrastructure over the last few years, and more people than ever before can now enjoy superfast speeds.

“The high level of customer take up is very strong evidence that these improvements were badly needed.

“That good work will continue, and we remain on track to increase superfast coverage to 97 per cent of Lincolnshire by the end of 2019.

“This additional investment by Openreach will help improve speeds in Lincoln and Stamford even further, ensuring residents and businesses have access to some of the best broadband in the country.”

In addition, the Government has announced that an additional £200m is to be made available to fund full-fibre broadband connections in hard to reach areas across the UK.

Cllr Davies added: “We’re delighted that the Government is making this funding available, and will be lobbying to ensure Lincolnshire gets its fair share.

“By running fibre right up to the doorstep, we could ensure that even residents in the most hard-to-reach areas get a decent speed.

“So this could make a significant difference to those in our most rural locations, and help us reach that final three percent.”