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Gigabit broadband plan announced for King’s Lynn

todayApril 23, 2021 3

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People in Lynn and the Woottons are set to get access to gigabit broadband, with a new firm now saying its ready to rollout full-fibre connections in the area.

Lightspeed Broadband has today announced plans to set up a headquarters in Spalding to deliver the project.

It claims the programme should deliver fast and reliable connections to homes and businesses from the end of this year.

The Lightspeed Broadband team celebrates its launch in our area (46497169)
The Lightspeed Broadband team celebrates its launch in our area (46497169)

Although further details are not yet available, it’s thought customers would purchase their broadband through Lightspeed rather than traditional service providers such as Sky, BT or TalkTalk.

The company claims its connections will be 15 times faster than the national average.

It says upload and download speeds will be up to 1000 Mbps ‘enabling professional home working, streaming online entertainment, high speed gaming, home schooling and video calling, with no buffering’.

Specialist fibre infrastructure contractors, Plancast and RCU Solutions, have been appointed to work on the scheme – which will have build teams based in Lynn, Stamford and Boston.

One hundred engineers have been deployed and 30 jobs have been created – and the firm has promised to try to minimise distribution during the rollout by using existing infrastructure where possible.

Lightspeed aims to bring its fibre optic directly to 100,000 homes and businesses across the east of England by 2022, with ambitions to expand and reach one million homes by 2025.

The management team includes people who have previously worked with BT and TalkTalk and the firm is backed by an initial £55 million from an ‘international investment consortium’.

Operations director Dave Axam said: “These are exciting times for digital connectivity, and we are moving at light speed to bring Lightspeed Broadband to the east of England.

“Starting today in these ten towns, we are waking up the future of South Lincolnshire and West Norfolk by unlocking the digital and economic potential of these underserved communities.

“Together with our build partners, we will be working closely with the councils, highways authorities and local communities in each town to build the network.

“We want to build as environmentally kindly as we possibly can and we will be re-using existing underground ducts and telegraph poles, digging underground chambers, rather than using street cabinets, and using clean, electric vehicles.

“Inevitably there will be some build works, however we aim to minimise these are much as we can so there’s less disruption for residents.”

Stephen Brookes, onlincolnshire programme manager at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Ultrafast speeds and the reliability gigabit broadband can offer will bring huge benefits to residents and businesses in these areas, and it’s great to see Lightspeed progressing so quickly.”

Residents will be told when works are due to start in their streets. Pricing details are not yet known.

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