More than 2,300 households and businesses in the centre of Chester now have access to high-speed fibre broadband, thanks to Connecting Cheshire.
The latest green fibre broadband cabinet to be connected to the Chester Central exchange is in Hunter Street. It enables more than 150 businesses and homes nearby to connect to the high-speed network.
To date, 22 new roadside fibre cabinets have been installed in Chester by Connecting Cheshire, a partnership between Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Halton and Warrington Borough Councils, BT and central Government with additional funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
When combined with BT’s commercial roll-out of the new technology, almost 20,000 homes and businesses in central Chester are now able to access faster broadband.
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One Chester business already benefitting from the fast speeds is Legat Owen, commercial estate agent and chartered surveyors.
Will Sadler, director of Legat Owen, said: ”The additional coverage of superfast broadband in Chester is very welcome news; our potential clients’ first question – even before asking about the rental costs – is often what is the broadband speed for this property?
“Being able to reassure occupiers that Chester is becoming truly a connected city is going to help sustain and safeguard the economic growth of the city and wider region.”
Cllr Samantha Dixon, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council and ward member for Chester city centre, said: “I am pleased more premises in the city centre are now able to benefit from faster broadband, from cafes offering free wifi to businesses using cloud based applications. I know how important fast and reliable broadband is to our local business community. This will help keep Chester vibrant and competitive.”
Tony Morgan, BT’s contract director, said: “High speed fibre broadband helps to ensure that businesses thrive and don’t just survive and helps to keep communities connected. Whatever you do online you can do it better with fibre broadband.
“Across Cheshire, BT has made fibre available to tens of thousands of local households and businesses through its own commercial programme and its investment in Connecting Cheshire.
“People and businesses in Chester are increasingly taking the great opportunities that this transforming technology offers. And the engineers from BT’s local network business, Openreach, have worked closely with Cheshire West and Chester to make those opportunities as widely available as possible.”
To check availability in your area you can visit the Connecting Cheshire website and enter a postcode or a telephone number - www.connectingcheshire.org.uk/check-availability
Connection to fibre broadband does not happen automatically and people must contact their service provider to place an order. There are more than 140 of them offering fibre broadband services across the UK.