Fast fibre net is a business boost in town


Businesses in Hemel Hempstead’s industrial estate will receive a bumper internet boost thanks to the installation of fibre-optic broadband at the site today.

The first fibre broadband cabinets are due to be launched at the Maylands Business Park in a bid to deliver web connection speeds of up to 80MB a second.

The move is part of the Connected Counties partnership between Herts and Bucks county councils alongside BT.

It is hoped the superfast broadband will be made available to more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses in the two counties by the end of March 2016.

Around £3.7million of funding for the project has come from Buckinghamshire County Council, with Herts pledging £1.1 million and BT investing a further £8.6 million.

The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK has also provided a grant of £4.15 million to the scheme, and Local Enterprise Partnerships have also donated.

The Maylands Business Park was made possible due to an investment of £0.5m by Hertfordshire LEP.

Following today’s ‘switch on’ of cabinets on the site, the first wave of businesses will get faster broadband instantly, with the remaining premises due to be upgraded in upcoming months.

In total, 14,000 homes and businesses in Hertfordshire should benefit from the Connected Counties programme. This builds on BT’s commercial rollout, providing the technology to nearly 400,000 premises in the county so far.