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As more homes are built across the country, the provision of high quality technological infrastructure in developments is becoming as important as the social and physical infrastructure required to create a new community. Whilst the early provision of schools, parks and play areas remain key to the creation of a neighbourhood of lasting value, we are also looking to adopt the latest technology to ensure our residents can enjoy a modern, connected home with the next generation of broadband speed.

The benefits of ultra fast broadband at Beaulieu - by Andrew Carrington

For example, we are now beginning to deploy full fibre broadband services at Beaulieu in Chelmsford, to enable ultra-fast broadband speeds. As more homes are built and more people access the internet, whether it be for working from home or in their leisure time for streaming and gaming, there is a growing trend for faster internet connections. Broadband has become the fourth utility.

By using Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) technology at Beaulieu that delivers fibre-optic cabling direct to each home and business, our customers can access the internet up to 10 times faster than the UK average at a highly impressive 330 megabits per second (Mbps). FTTP differs from traditional superfast Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) broadband which is a fibre connection to your local on-street cabinet, then a copper connection from the cabinet to your home or workplace, which offers download speeds up to 76 Mbps if you live close to the cabinet.

By establishing partnerships with the major network providers, we are looking, on a site-by-site basis to install either super-fast and ultra-fast broadband from day one. This hasn't always been easy to achieve due to resourcing issues with some of the major providers. Recent Government intervention has however significantly improved the situation. In February, the Government announced a new agreement between BT’s local access network business Openreach and the Home Builders’ Federation (HBF) that will make fibre based broadband easier to deploy. It enables such broadband to be offered to all new homes either for free or as part of a co-funded initiative between Openreach and the developer.

We selected Openreach to supply the fibre backbone of Beaulieu because we wanted to ensure our residents have freedom of choice when it came to selecting their internet service provider (ISP). Working with Openreach we then laid the ducts and installed the infrastructure within the development.

The major FTTP network at Beaulieu will cover the 3,600 homes and commercial space we are building over a 10-year period. We know some of the residents already living at Beaulieu chose to live there primarily because of the next generation broadband speed.

Matthew and Sarah Stringer and their young family were some of the first residents to move to Beaulieu. Matthew said: “We were attracted to the outstanding network connectivity available. Fast, reliable broadband is essential as Sarah works from home throughout the week and I often work late in the evenings to support my US client base. All the properties at Beaulieu are being built with BT’s FTTP wiring, which delivers speeds of up to 330Mbps, considerably faster than anything else available. It’s simply unbeatable and more than anyone currently needs.”

Find out more about our new contemporary and colonial homes at Beaulieu and Countryside’s new homes throughout London, the South East and North West.

This blog is brought to you as part of the HBF's New Homes Week which today is focussed on technology within the home.


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Andrew Carrington,
Managing Director - Strategic Land

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