A major infrastructure project to build a faster broadband service in Heswall, has now begun.
Next-generation internet provider BeFibre has commenced the build of its network, in the latest phase of a targeted £100m private investment.
The start of the construction project means residents of the town will soon be able to enjoy broadband speeds 13 times faster than the fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) coverage that currently spans the majority of the UK.
BeFibre plans to deliver fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connectivity for approximately 12,500 properties.
With a phased roll-out scheduled, it is expected that the first homes will be broadband ready, before the end of the year.
BeFibre’s download and upload speeds equate to the ability to download a 1-hour TV programme in only seven seconds, or 500 Spotify songs in 25 seconds, for example. The company aims to reach a total of 80 locations and 1,000,000 premises by 2027, but Heswall has always featured early on the roadmap.
Commenting on the rollout, BeFibre’s sales director, Tim Dagnell-Scott, said, “As a country, there’s a lot of work to be done in the UK, to provide communities with the internet connectivity they truly need. That’s why we’re working hard – and at pace – to deliver a future-proofed broadband network in areas that have been underserved, to date.
“We’re working quickly, utilising existing ducts so we don’t have to dig up the town’s roads. This is less disruptive, allows us to connect homes faster, and it’s better for the environment too. If you see us in the area, come and talk to us – we want to speak to as many residents as possible to understand what makes Heswall tick.”
Heswall’s full-fibre network has been designed – and will be built and operated – by BeFibre’s sister company, Digital Infrastructure.
Image credit: Richard Marsham. Natalie Fowler, Community Engagement Manager, and Harrison Lee, Regional Sales Manager