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County Broadband, an East of England rural provider, has announced the completion of its gigabit-speed full fiber infrastructure in Sudbury, Suffolk, as well as plans to support the community through local events and partnerships.

As part of the multi-million-pound large-scale infrastructure build project across the historic market town, approximately 6,200 premises have been connected to the Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) infrastructure.

Enhanced Network Reliability

Full fiber broadband, also known as Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP), refers to the installation of fiber optic cables directly into the premises. The new large-scale full fiber broadband infrastructure can deliver speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps (gigabit-capable), which is 11 times faster than current copper superfast networks. Full fiber can also be upgraded to 10,000 Mbps in the future and provides far superior network reliability due to fiber optic cable technology.

Copper-based superfast connections, on the other hand, are based on Victorian technology known as Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC), in which fiber cables are routed to roadside cabinets and distributed via copper cabling.

County Broadband is designing, building, and deploying full fiber broadband in over 250 villages and market towns across the East of England, with a total of GBP 146 million in private investment from Aviva Investors. This investment aims to help drive local economic growth and provide reliable access to modern online services in response to rising demand in rural and remote areas.

A Robust Infrastructure

James Salmon, Director of Corporate Development at County Broadband, said, “We are pleased to complete our full fibre network build in the historic Suffolk market town of Sudbury which will benefit from the unrivalled network reliability and significantly faster gigabit speeds that the new infrastructure provides.

“As a community provider that prides itself on its commitment to engage closely with local leaders, residents and businesses across our network, we are also pleased to be working with local sports clubs and the town council on upcoming exciting events. This vital community engagement will enable us to continue to provide on-the-ground support where it’s needed across the town.”