British network operator and Internet Service Provider (ISP), Connexin, has clinched a £58 million contract, marking a significant milestone in the UK government’s ambitious Project Gigabit broadband rollout initiative. This contract will enable Connexin to extend its Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network to an estimated 34,320 hard-to-reach premises scattered across Nottinghamshire and West Lincolnshire.
Boosting Digital Infrastructure
Project Gigabit is an extensive programme aiming to enhance digital infrastructure across the UK and bridge the digital divide in underserved regions. The initiative focuses on delivering ultra-fast broadband connections with speeds up to 1 gigabit per second, dramatically transforming the digital landscape for both residents and businesses.
Construction and Implementation Plan
Following detailed planning, Connexin will embark on the construction phase, which entails preparatory work like trench digging and fiber installation before the services can be activated. The first of these services are expected to commence in 2025, enabling residents and businesses in the selected areas to access high-speed broadband connections. It is important to note that the precise premises to be covered will be disclosed in the future, and the coverage map may undergo changes due to planning or technical adjustments.
Additional Broadband Support for Rural Areas
In conjunction with Project Gigabit, the UK government has also launched a funding voucher scheme worth up to £210 million. This scheme is designed to support rural areas grappling with slow broadband speeds, further accelerating digital inclusivity across the UK. Prospective applicants can find more information about Project Gigabit and the voucher program on the Building Digital UK (BDUK) website.