Fibre broadband has arrived in Thurlaston

More than 60,000 homes and businesses across Leicestershire now have access to fibre broadband, thanks to the county council’s £18.8 million Superfast Leicestershire project. Now that fibre broadband is in Thurlaston, over 280 homes and businesses can upgrade to high-speed fibre broadband. A new cabinet (green box by the side of the road) has been enabled which means the properties served by this cabinet can now upgrade. To find out if your property or business can upgrade please use the line checker www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk/when-and-where and view the coverage map http://blpc.atkinsgeospatial.com or contact your broadband supplier.

There are lots of benefits for both residents and businesses; for example everything online will be quicker, so if you use services such as iPlayer you won’t waste time while the program buffers. Or, if you have several people in a house using the internet at the same time, there won’t be a drop in service. Alternatively, if you work from home where you regularly download and upload large files or you need to share assets and collaborate with colleagues on documents in real time, require high quality video conferencing or upload web site content then you’ll also benefit.

What is superfast fibre broadband?

Superfast fibre broadband is the new generation of broadband – much faster, more reliable and it uses a different technology.

Whilst most traditional broadband (known as ADSL) is delivered via copper telephone lines, superfast fibre broadband uses fibre optic cable as part of the link between the customer and the telephone exchange. Through this people can access download speeds of up to 50Mbps.

There are three simple steps you need to follow:

Step 1) Visit the line checker on the Superfast Leicestershire website www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk/when-and-where

Step 2) Review your current broadband contract and research potential broadband providers.

Step 3) Contact your chosen broadband provider and arrange the upgrade.

What happens if I don’t upgrade?

If you choose not to upgrade to superfast fibre broadband, you’ll be able to continue using your existing broadband service as normal.

For more information please visit: www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk

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