Work begins on new full-fibre network in Essex, UK

Share this on social media:

Construction has started on a privately funded project to bring full-fibre to Braintree in Essex, UK, under rural broadband provider, County Broadband.

Work commenced in Cornish Hall End, a village near Braintree, and will be followed by numerous Essex and Suffolk villages including Cold Norton, Foxearth and Pentlow, Bulmer, Gestingthorpe, Stambourne, Wickham St Paul and Pebmarsh. Ipswich-based contractor, Telec Networks, is working with the provider on the first phase of construction, and County Broadband says that other local companies will also benefit from the growth.

Braintree district councillor Peter Schwier, together with County Broadband’s chief executive, Lloyd Felton, officially launched the full fibre network in Cornish Hall End at the village’s new communications cabinet in April.

The company does not rely on public money or contributions from local residents and businesses to finance construction of the fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks, instead it has access to a £46 million private investment fund from Aviva Investors. Felton commented: ‘The funding has enabled us to forge ahead with our strategy to service more than 30,000 homes and businesses in the East Anglian region.’

County Broadband, which also provides a wireless internet service, was established in Aldham, Essex, in 2003, and currently has more than 3,000 customers across East Anglia. As part of its development, the company has increased the size of its operations and service centre, doubled the number of employees and is anticipating a 50-strong workforce by the end of year.

Related news

Recent News

23 February 2021

Investment firm KKR has entered into a $1bn agreement with Telefónica to create an open access wholesale company in Chile.

22 February 2021

Broadband Forum’s latest technical report has highlighted how fibre-based access could be provided using existing copper infrastructure instead of installing fibre to end-users’ premises.

18 February 2021

Ocean Networks (ONI) is to launch a submarine cable system linking Florida to Panama.

12 February 2021

The race to acquire Coherent has taken another turn as II-VI announced that it too has made an offer for the laser technology firm.