Shropshire Star

Bid to revolutionise Shrewsbury town centre broadband speeds under way

Work has started on a project to revolutionise the broadband speed for businesses in Shrewsbury – which could see the town centre becoming one of the best-connected of its kind in the UK.

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Seb Slater and Marie Harte highlighting the work of the new project

Shrewsbury BID has revealed it is working closely to support Full Fibre who are building the network, which due to the historical nature of Shrewsbury town centre presents a hugely complex task, with substantial obstacles being overcome during the roll-out.

Landlords and businesses and are now being urged to get behind the project, to bring faster connection speeds to the centre of Shrewsbury, and better efficiency for local shops and businesses.

Seb Slater, executive director of Shrewsbury BID, said: “Broadband coverage in Shrewsbury town centre varies massively, and a lot of our members tell us they are hampered on a daily basis by poor connectivity, with average download speeds across the town centre flat-lining below 20Mbps and upload speeds being very poor.”

Now, as the network rolls out across the town centre, businesses and residents will have access to 100 per cent fibre optic ultrafast internet, which provides more dependable internet connections, with 1Gbps download speeds – a significant upgrade.

Mr Slater added: “We are delighted that Full Fibre have committed to building the new fibre network across the town centre using existing underground ducting.