Lincoln village broadband set for a high speed boost

Almost all of the 210 properties in the Lincoln village of Nocton will see their broadband speeds start to soar next year as part of a county-wide roll-out.

An additional fibre broadband cabinet is to be installed outside the Post Office in Nocton within the next six months, giving residents broadband speeds of up to 24Mbps.

Onlincolnshire, a partnership between local councils and BT, is on target to extend superfast broadband coverage to 89% of Lincolnshire by the end of April 2016.

The project has already made high-speed fibre technology available to more than 136,000 properties in the county.

Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for IT at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “I’m delighted that we’re in a position to be able to make these additional improvements, which we know the community has been calling for.

“It means residents will soon be able to enjoy speeds over 24Mbps.

“We’re hoping to have the work completed by the end of March next year. After that, all people will have to do is contact their internet service provider and upgrade to a superfast package.”

Steve Henderson, BT’s regional director for next generation access, added: “Those living in the village will soon be able to benefit from a fast and reliable fibre service with a choice of service provider.

“This is a really exciting time for the project in Lincolnshire with more and more properties able to connect to fibre each week.”

A second phase of work, extending coverage up to 95% by the end of 2017, is currently in the planning stage.

The improvements have been made possible thanks to funding from Lincolnshire councils, BT, the Government and European Regional Development Fund.