Current sites completed by Community Fibre as at June 2022
Community Fibre are now mostly complete and are due finish Council owned flats by end of July 2022 and have also commenced a wider rollout in the Borough to non Hounslow owned properties
Sites underway by Hyperoptic
What is fibre broadband to premises?
This is the where the fibre cable is delivered direct into premises and not via the green boxes you may see which then need a copper cable into each individual property.
A fibre optic cable is able to handle a much larger volume of data than a copper cable without degrading. Fibre optic is therefore quicker than standard broadband, as the signal strength is less likely to fail with distance from the exchange, and speeds are maintained over greater distance. Maintenance is also better with fibre broadband and better guarantees of speed can be offered by suppliers.
The work also helps as part of move to fibre from copper by BT Openreach over the coming years with the current final date for disconnection set at 31 December 2025 for equipment connected from exchanges via copper to local “green” boxes.
Fibre broadband in Hounslow
The principles for guiding the roll out of fibre broadband:
- To maximise the extent and coverage of fibre broadband availability for residents and businesses in the borough.
- To deliver the rollout of improved fibre infrastructure in a way that minimises the disturbance to residents and businesses in the borough.
- To ensure delivery of fibre broadband networks at pace.
- To leverage social, environmental and economic value and secure investment in digital investment that everyone in the borough can benefit from.
The Council has been working in partnership with Harrow and Barnet Councils, so far Community Fibre and Hyperoptic have signed agreements with more expected, with the rollout programmes being developed currently for the Council’s social housing stock. This will help to unlock the investment needed to get fibre broadband into all premises in Hounslow,