County Broadband – a broadband provider dedicated to ensuring rural communities in the East of England can access full-fibre broadband – have announced they will be receiving £100m in additional funding from Aviva Investors.
They expect this will allow them to deploy an FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) supply network to approximately 500,000 locations across the East of England by the end 2027.
With an initial investment of £46m in 2018 from Aviva, they are currently building their network across rural areas of Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk; amounting to over 150 villages.
Similar to BTs recent efforts to increase broadband coverage, County Broadband has also laid plans to begin recruiting. They aim to double their existing work force.
Customers of County Broadband will typically expect to pay in the region of £28 per month for a symmetric 50Mbps service (including installation and router), going up to £48 for 300Mbps, £55 for 600Mbps and £80 for 900Mbps.
One of the selling points, which county broadband highlight on their website, is that their connections are FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) as opposed to FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet).
What is the difference between FTTP and FTTC?
Fibre to the Premises: This means that the internet connection employs a high speed fibre to send/receive the signal from the local exchange to the green phone cabinet near your home and then again from the cabinet right to your premises.
Fibre to the Cabinet: This means that the internet connection employs a high speed fibre to send/receive the signal from the local exchange to the cabinet near your home, but then copper cable (usually from the existing phone infrastructure) is used to transmit from the green cabinet to your home.
County Broadband call their FTTP “Real Fibre” and explain what it means here: