Wealden soon to be fully wired up

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Work to bring superfast broadband to East Sussex is ahead of schedule despite early spring storms.

The first areas due to become fibre enabled as part of the huge programme of engineering include Burwash, Etchingham, Hadlow Down, Heathfield, Horam, Mayfield, Robertsbridge and Rotherfield.

Through the wettest winter since records began engineers have installed more than half of the new fibre cabinets which will serve these areas, with people in these communities expected to be able to place orders for fibre broadband before Easter.

Cllr Rupert Simmons, County’s lead member for economy said: “This is fantastic news for businesses and residents in the county who will benefit greatly from improved broadband speeds. Access to faster broadband is vital to our local economy and it will give our local businesses the opportunity to grow and expand. The fact that we are ahead of schedule despite the abysmal weather we have experienced recently is testament to the project’s dedication and commitment to bringing superfast broadband to our county as quickly as we can.”

Peter Cowen, BT spokesman said: “We’re really pleased with how the project is progressing in East Sussex.” Work on the ground has already started in a number of new places that will benefit from the second phase of the project, expected to go live later this year. These include Buxted, Chelwood Gate, Chiddingly, Danehill, Framfield, Guestling, Halland, Newick, Ninfield, Nutley, Baldslow, Bexhill, Castleham, Cooden, Hastings and Uckfield. To find out more visit: http://www.goessex.co.uk