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ASELA LFFN – Phase 2


Approval Status


Fully Approved

Delivery Status


Project In Progress

Expected Completion Date


Spring 2024

The LFFN project, is about driving full fibre delivery across ASELA. The additional rollout will aid this goal, by leveraging the existing project to ensure the most cost effective and timely delivery of benefits from this additional funding. The modernised digital infrastructure will be a key enabler:

  • to kick start the economy, by allowing access to low cost high speed broadband;
  • to aid job retention by reducing business costs through flexible and remote working;
  • to aid business start-ups with access to full fibre broadband across South Essex;
  • to support the green agenda by reducing the need for travel by enabling a growth in audio/video conferencing which has been a proven business tool during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • to support rural communities and businesses;
  • to ensure that Care Homes across ASELA have access to fibre connectivity with a consequent benefit to residents and staff;
  • to ensure that GP Surgeries have access to fibre connectivity and help them respond to the current and future changes to healthcare within communities;
  • to create a platform for innovation and look at ways in which community facilities such as village halls can play a role in the support of home working and rural businesses.

At the Accountability Board on 11 February 2022 it was agreed that GBF funding can be retained against the Project beyond 31 March 2022 for a maximum period of 6 months.

Project Outputs/Outcomes
Jobs created/safeguarded 2,000
Businesses/institutions assisted 1,270
New super/ultrafast broadband connections 22,500

£85m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock

The Getting Building Fund focuses on projects that can progress quickly and that will stimulate and better integrate economies in some of the most economically impacted and COVID-affected parts of the South East.

£85m of Getting Building Fund investment has been secured, enabling delivery of 45 projects across East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

Find out more here

Funding value: £2,500,000
Total Project cost: £7,602,472
Return to Capital Investment