Broadband work on track say council

Work to bring superfast broadband to Rother is well ahead of schedule, according to the county council, despite recent torrential downpours and flooding.

The first areas due to become fibre enabled as part of the huge programme of engineering include Burwash, Etchingham and Robertsbridge.

Throughout the wettest winter since records began engineers have already installed more than half of the new fibre cabinets which will serve these areas, with people in these communities expected to be able to place orders for fibre broadband before Easter.

Cllr Rupert Simmons, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for economy, said: “Access to faster broadband is vital to our local economy and it will give our local businesses the opportunity to grow and expand.

“The fact that we are ahead of schedule despite the abysmal weather we have experienced recently is testament to the project’s dedication and commitment to bringing superfast broadband to our county as quickly as we can.”

Peter Cowen, BT’s regional partnership manager for the South East, said: “We’re really pleased with how the project is progressing in East Sussex.”

Work on the ground has already started in a number of new locations that will benefit from the second phase of the project, expected to ‘go live’ later this year. These include Guestling, Ninfield, Bexhill, Castleham, Cooden and Hastings.