Superfast Broadband

BT Upgrades

The Government wants the UK to have the best superfast broadband in Europe by 2017, so Tendring District Council is working with its partners to make sure our residents and businesses don't miss out on these opportunities.

Several exchanges within Tendring were upgraded to fibre broadband by BT including:

  • Clacton (including parts of Jaywick and Holland on Sea),
  • Frinton (including Walton, Great Holland, Kirby Cross and Kirby Le Soken),
  • Harwich,
  • Holland-On Sea,
  • Manningtree (including Mistley and parts of Lawford) and
  • Wivenhoe (including Alresford and Elmstead Market). 

If you live within one of these areas it is worth checking your property on BT's speed checker to see if superfast broadband is available in your home or business. If it is, you can contact your communications provider to upgrade your service.

Superfast Essex

Essex County Council's Superfast Essex Programme has been set up to enable 95% of the Essex population to be able to receive Superfast Broadband by 2020.

The current projections are that 92% of premises in Tendring will be upgraded to superfast broadband by 2020 with 100% of properties receiving "Better Broadband" with a guaranteed minimum of 2mbps available across the District by 2016 via a subsidised satellite service.

The Superfast Essex website is full of useful information about their programme, with an FAQ section as well as a postcode checker for residents and businesses to check whether their property is going to be upgraded to superfast.

This Programme is being delivered in 3 phases in partnership with BT, with Phase 1 on track to reach its target of 65,000 homes and businesses by summer 2016.

More than 62,500 properties can now access the upgraded fibre network at superfast speeds - check if you can using the interactive map.

This interactive map is being updated to show annual timescales for the 51,000 homes and businesses being covered by the Phase 2 rollout. Work will start straight after Phase 1 work is completed.

The new timescales will indicate if your postcode will be reached in:

  • July 2016 to June 2017
  • July 2017 to June 2018
  • July 2018 to June 2019

The Government has committed to giving every premises in the UK access to a minimum of 2Mbps download by 2016. As part of this commitment, Superfast Essex in conjunction with Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) is offering a subsidised satellite broadband installation for eligible premises. This Satellite Broadband Subsidy Scheme will give support towards the cost of equipment and installation of a satellite broadband connection so that a basic broadband service can be purchased for a first year cost of no more than £400 (taking account of any upfront costs and the 12 month service charges). The subsidised installation can also be used to access higher cost packages with higher speeds or greater monthly data caps.

This scheme is available for both residential and business premises that do not currently have access to broadband speeds of more than 2Mbps from any national or local broadband provider. In addition, premises must not already be due to be fibre enabled under Superfast Essex’s rollout plans in the next 6 months.

All the relevant information, including detailed FAQs and an online application form can be found on their website at:

Tendring District Council is committed to working with Superfast Essex, BT, Openreach and other providers as part of our aspiration to reach 100% of properties with superfast services. The Council has recently committed £164,000 towards Phase 2 of the Superfast Essex programme to ensure that an additional 1,600 properties are included in the programme and work is ongoing to understand the potential costs to reach the final 5,000 properties.

Superfast Essex website

Upgraded Cabinet List January 2016

Last updated on: 06/10/2017 - 11:33