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Harborough News e-newsletter

Halfway mark for Superfast Leicestershire passed

More than 45,000 homes and businesses across Leicestershire are now able to benefit from fast fibre broadband thanks to the Superfast Leicestershire project, including almost 12,000 in Harborough District.

The achievement marks the passing of the halfway point in the county council’s rollout of fibre broadband in partnership with BT, which remains on course to make the high-speed technology available to more than 72,000 premises across the county by the end of 2018.

A number of other areas in Harborough district have recently been connected to the fibre broadband network including Theddingworth, Hallaton, Medbourne, North and South Kilworth, Mowsley, initial parts of Husbands Bosworth more parts of the centre of Market Harborough with areas like Saddington and Arnesby soon to go live. 

Superfast Leicestershire has now installed over 200 new fibre broadband cabinets and laid more than 318,000 metres of underground cables throughout the county. Harborough District Council has provided an additional £530,000 to connect an additional 12 cabinets across the district..

Blake Pain, leader of Harborough District Council, said: “Residents in several villages are already seeing the benefits of fibre broadband – whether it’s for work or play. I’m looking forward to seeing the benefits extended to other villages shortly.”

Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director for next generation access, said: “A whole world of opportunity has been opened up to tens of thousands of Leicestershire homes and businesses thanks to the faster download speeds that fibre brings.”

Benefits of fibre broadband include faster download and upload speeds; the ability to access the internet via multiple devices without experiencing a slow connection, faster downloads of films and music, a better online gaming experience, improved file sharing for businesses, solutions based on Cloud computing and being able to work more flexibly.

All of these benefits and more will be covered in our business support programme that is open to small and medium enterprises throughout Leicestershire. 

The next Harborough District event is on 14 August and will cover how to get started with Google Analytics. To find out more visit the events pages of our website.

For more information about Superfast Leicestershire visit http://www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk/ or look out for #SuperfastLeics on Twitter.