Burgess Hill Full Fibre ring goes live
A gigabit capable Full Fibre digital network in Burgess Hill is now ready to use and will soon bring dramatically improved broadband connections to homes and businesses within the town.
In 2018, Mid Sussex District Council secured £2.2million from the Government to stimulate the market by making the delivery of gigabit-capable Full Fibre more commercially viable. Installation began in September last year and since then our contractor Balfour Beatty has laid over 25km of ducting across Mid Sussex, including the creation of a dedicated fibre network within Burgess Hill.
The Full Fibre network will be operated and maintained on behalf of the Council by a co-operative, sharing the digital infrastructure for the benefit of businesses and the community. Cooperative Network Infrastructure (CNI) will be working closely with the Council over the next few months to raise awareness of the network and promote the new opportunities available in Burgess Hill. Over the next few months, residents and businesses will be able to gain access to the network through commercial Internet Service Providers who are members of co-operative and are able to offer a wider choice of services at reduced market rates.
In addition, work is continuing to expand the fibre network into our rural communities north of Haywards Heath and south of Burgess Hill thanks to £3.2million of investment secured from the Government by Mid Sussex District Council and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership. Digital infrastructure in rural areas is often left behind that of large cities because it is a much less profitable area for private companies to install the latest gigabit capable full fibre broadband. This Government investment will help to stimulate the market in rural areas
The expansion of Full Fibre infrastructure to rural areas of Mid Sussex is due to be completed by early 2022. We are working with the telecoms market to coordinate the commercial roll-out around East Grinstead and link to the fibre network installed by West Sussex County Council between Haywards Heath and Crawley.