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Adur & Worthing Councils welcome gigabit announcement

Released: Thursday, 25 October 2018

Thousands of homes in Shoreham and Worthing could receive the next generation of broadband after a multi-million pound private investment plan in our communities was revealed.

Adur & Worthing Councils have warmly welcomed the announcement from Cityfibre yesterday (24th October 2018), which outlines a proposal to connect properties to their new gigabit fibre network.

The investment in Adur and Worthing is part of the firm's wider £2.5 billion plan which has the ambition of bringing the fastest, most reliable connectivity to five million homes across the UK. The investment will create a publicly accessible gigabit fibre network allowing vastly quicker download speeds and greater capacity for all users.

Councillor Angus Dunn, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Resources, said:

“Gigabit technology - and the faster internet speeds that it will bring - has the potential to transform our communities which is why I am delighted to see CityFibre making this commitment to investing in our area.”

Councillor Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Digital and Environmental Services, said:

“This announcement is fantastic news and feeds into our ambition to ensure Worthing is a leading light in the digital sphere.”

“We look forward to working with CityFibre to develop these exciting proposals so that as many people as possible can benefit from this game-changing technology.”

Worthing and Shoreham are among 37 towns and cities across the UK to be included in the CityFibre investment proposal.

It would see pure fibre connections - rather than the current infrastructure which relies on copper - installed and connected to homes.

Greg Mesch, chief executive of CityFibre, said:

“With a head-start in 37 towns and cities, this full fibre investment plan enables us to further accelerate our roll-out, catalysing huge economic growth in regional towns and cities across the country and transforming the UK's digital future.”

“Our roll-out will soon bring to scale an innovative wholesale network, providing internet service providers and mobile network operators with greater choice and unrivalled technical capabilities, benefiting all sectors of the market.”

It comes as public buildings across West Sussex are in the process of being connected by Cityfibre to the new network. This will deliver internet speeds in excess of 1Gbps (1,000Mbps) to libraries, children's centres, theatres and other public buildings.

The project involving a consortium of councils, led by West Sussex County and Adur & Worthing Councils, collectively future-proofing their digital connectivity to meet public service needs in the digital age.

The new network will provide fibre connectivity to key buildings at locations including Bognor Regis, Chichester, Crawley, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Littlehampton, Worthing, Shoreham and Lancing.

The cutting-edge technology will ensure that the services and daily business of the county's public services will be able to be more resilient, reliable and at less risk of delay or disruption caused by poor or limited connectivity.

Work on the Worthing, Shoreham and Lancing part of this public network is due to start in the coming weeks.

Councillor Bob Lanzer, West Sussex County Council's Cabinet Member for Corporate Relations, said:

“We are delighted to hear about CityFibre's exciting plans to invest in additional full fibre gigabit-capable broadband in West Sussex.”

“Encouraging investment by commercial suppliers like CityFibre is essential if we are to grow our county's full fibre footprint and provide a smart, digital environment for our residents.”

“We are working with Adur & Worthing Councils and CityFibre to ensure maximum benefits in the area as well as to secure CityFibre's ongoing commitment to helping West Sussex 'go gigabit'.”

For more details see: Gigabit-capable broadband - on West Sussex County Council's website

(PR18-190)

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