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Up to 8,000 Sudbury homes set for significant broadband upgrade by 2022 as part of regional full-fibre network project

Sudbury residents could be set to benefit from some of UK’s top broadband speeds, as a project to deliver a new full-fibre network is earmarked for the town.

Colchester-based County Broadband has added Sudbury to its roll-out of new digital infrastructure across East Anglia.

The project is being backed by £46millon in private investment.

Fibre-optic broadband technology - stock image.
Fibre-optic broadband technology - stock image.

The company says 8,000 Sudbury households could benefit from broadband speeds of up to 20 times faster than the UK average by the spring of 2022.

The infrastructure is being built across the UK to replace Victorian copper-based networks.

A spokesman for the company said: “At the moment, we are asking people to register their interest. We want to make sure there is enough interest before we build the network, which is privately funded, so we are asking residents and businesses to find out more details and sign-up to the scheme online.”

Town clerk Ciaran Griffin said: “Sudbury Town Council is delighted to see that we will be one of the UK’s top performers for broadband speed and reliability.

“Covid-19 is forcing rapid changes, with many more residents working from home and local businesses building e-commerce platforms to support their high street presence.

“This world-class digital infrastructure will be vital to attract new business to Sudbury, helping the recovery and building resilience for the future.”

Sudbury Chamber of Commerce president John McMillan said: “This can only be a good thing for the future of Sudbury.”

For more details on the scheme, go online to www.sudbury.countybroadband.co.uk.