Digital Connectivity

South Essex plans to transform digital connectivity in the region, providing contemporary digital infrastructure that will see the entire region super-connected to attract a new business base.

ASELA secured a £4.4million broadband boost enabling the rollout of Full Fibre broadband infrastructure across south Essex which will enable providers to deliver some of the fastest connections in the country to residents and businesses.

This was the result of a successful bid to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). That has funded work to lay over 130km of full fibre across south Essex, digitally connecting 129 public sector sites including schools, GP surgeries and care homes at the very highest speeds available. This was completed, on time and on budget in May 2021.

This proved so successful that an extra £2.5million in government funding has been awarded to add another 100 connections and an additional 75km of fibre infrastructure, to be completed by March 2022 by which time
ASELA will have installed over 200km of full fibre, stretching from Purfleet-on-Thames in the west to Canewdon in the east.