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Colchester Broadband Infrastructure


Approval Status


Fully Approved

Delivery Status


LGF Project Delivered

Project Completion Date


Spring 2016

A project to deliver Next Generation Access (NGA) fixed wireless broadband (24 Mbps and above, scaling to 1 Gigabyte) to seven key business parks/clusters within Colchester accommodating 482 businesses and 8,196 employees.

‘Market failures’

The project will address “market failures” and business needs for reliable, high speed and symmetric broadband connectivity which is not available currently from BT’s FTTC programme (branded as “Superfast Essex” in Greater Essex) and which will be more competitive than other operators in the market, so reducing business overhead costs for uncontended higher bandwidth services required by current and emerging enterprise needs and for telephony services.

‘Business class’ broadband

In short, the Project will deliver a “business class” broadband offering – resilient broadband speeds, enhanced coverage – and introduce a competitive technology into an otherwise fixed line-dominated and over-priced marketplace.


Capital Programme delivery update

Take a look at our update on the delivery of the Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Growing Places Fund (GPF) capital programmes.

SELEP Capital Investment Programme

£579m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock

In total the SELEP Growth Deal with Government has brought £579m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock. Over the lifetime of the Growth Deal (2015-2021) we aim to deliver 78,000 jobs and 29,000 homes across the SELEP area, with the Deal set to attract a further £960m of investment into the South East over the six year period.

Find out more here
Funding value: £0.2m
Total Project cost: £0.529m
Return to Capital Investment