Ultra-fast broadband will move three Northamptonshire villages out of ‘digital dark ages’ a parish councillor says, after the first of four new high-speed cabinets were installed his week.
The cabinet in West Haddon is one of four due to be put into villages around the county over the next few weeks, which are set to boost the download speeds by 70 times the rural average.
Another cabinet is set to be installed at Ravensthorpe and two are due to go in at Kingscliffe, benefitting 2,000 homes in total.
The move is part of Northamptonshire County Council’s bid to provide superfast internet speeds across the whole county by 2017.
Ravensthorpe parish councillor David Herbert says he is thrilled at the prospect.
“It will move us from the digital dark ages,” he said.
“It will be a remarkable improvement and it means we will be able to access all kinds of facilities required for modern life.”
Northamptonshire County Council’s project manager for Super-fast Northamptonshire, Ross Griffin, said the new ultra-quick speeds will benefit businesses in the area and allow families to enjoy quicker streaming times.
He said: “The difference is going to be amazing for those people who work from home and families using websites such as iPlayer and services.”
Sales and marketing director for Gigaclear, the private firm installing the new cabinets, Joe Frost, said the firm is investing £5 million into Northamptonshire.
In all the company is installing 25 of the cabinets around the county in areas not covered by BT’s existing super-fast roll-out strategy.
He said: “The most obvious benefits are going to be seen by anyone who runs a small businesses.
“Many of these people currently have to drive to a major town or city to upload large files.
“Being able to upload from a rural location makes such a huge difference.”
An average Gigaclear ultra-fast broadband package will cost between £45 and £50 a month.
Anyone in the three villages interested in signing up can go to: www.gigaclear.com/registerme