Specialist rural broadband provider, County Broadband, has doubled the number of employees and is anticipating a 50-strong workforce by the end of year. The news follows the announcement this week that it has commenced construction of its new ultrafast full fibre broadband network which is bringing some of the UK’s fastest internet speeds to rural communities in East Anglia.
Based in Aldham near Colchester in Essex, County Broadband has also increased the size of its operations and service centre demonstrating its commitment to the regional economy and providing a local service for local people.
The recruitment campaign is continuing with a variety of opportunities – from procurement to technical design – being advertised on the Company’s web site. Working with Colchester Institute, County Broadband is also offering an apprenticeship opportunity for a Customer Service Advisor.
Unlike most other providers, County Broadband does not rely on public money or contributions from local residents and businesses to finance construction of the fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks. The company has secured access to a £46million private investment fund and is focussed on transforming rural communities in the region into future-ready digital hotspots.
“Our FTTP infrastructure will propel forgotten villages across East Anglia into the 21st Century and beyond, whilst delivering significant investment in their long-term prosperity,” says Lloyd Felton, chief executive, County Broadband Ltd. “As a business we are expanding rapidly and so are contributing to the local economy on many levels – through digital connectivity, employment opportunities and work for other contractors.”
“We are proving to be a ‘disruptor’ in the broadband industry,” continues Lloyd Felton. “The Aviva Investors’ funding has enabled us to forge ahead with our strategy to service more than 30,000 homes and businesses in the East Anglian region.”
The construction of the full fibre network commenced in Cornish Hall End, a village near Braintree. It will be followed by numerous Essex and Suffolk villages including Cold Norton, Foxearth and Pentlow, Bulmer, Gestingthorpe, Stambourne, Wickham St Paul and Pebmarsh.
Ipswich-based contractor, Telec Networks, is working with County Broadband on the first phase of construction in North Essex. Other local companies are also set to benefit from the growth of the Company.
County Broadband, which also provides a wireless internet service, was established in Aldham, Essex, in 2003, and currently has over 3,000 customers across East Anglia