Superfast Essex

Get up to speed on what’s happening

Search our interactive coverage map

Find out if fibre broadband is or will be available in your area by using our interactive map. If you are visually impaired, the Postcode Checker below provides an alternative way to check coverage in your area.
 

If you’re not happy with the broadband provision currently available in your area, please register your demand by completing our Make the Connection Survey.

Postcode Checker

Find out if fibre broadband is or will be available in your area by entering your postcode below.

If you have an Apple product (iPhone, iPad), please click here to use the Postcode Checker.

If you’re not happy with the broadband provision currently available in your area, please register your demand by completing our Make the Connection Survey.

What is happening next?

Superfast Essex is working to extend superfast broadband coverage to 97 percent of Essex by 2020.

We held an Open Market Review (OMR) in July 2016 to find out where broadband provision is already available or planned and to identify areas still requiring investment.

We also held a public consultation in September/October 2016 about the availability of superfast broadband across the county. Both will help inform our plans for a ‘Phase 3’ rollout. 

Superfast Essex has now produced an updated interactive State Aid map of broadband coverage, based on information and feedback received through the OMR and consultation, identifying the areas eligible for investment as part of Phase 3.

Superfast Essex has now invited broadband network operators across the UK to bid for the Phase 3 work. 


Community Wi-Fi Scheme

The Community Wi-Fi Scheme has been set up to enable local communities to provide a public Wi-Fi service via their community hubs with support from the Community Initiatives Fund (CIF).

Community hubs can buy a broadband service from APC Solutions or County Broadband who are approved suppliers under our scheme. Initial set up costs will be supported by CIF and community hubs will subsequently need to pay a monthly service charge.

Better Broadband Scheme

The Government has committed to giving every premises in the UK access to a minimum of 2Mbps download speeds, whether they are a resident or business. As part of this commitment, Superfast Essex in conjunction with Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) is offering eligible premises access to a basic satellite or wireless broadband service at a capped cost for the first year. Find out more here.

The Rural Challenge

The Rural Challenge is a small pilot project we are running which will bring ultrafast broadband to rural communities in Essex. Fibre broadband operator Gigaclear plc will deploy Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology to more than 4,000 properties within the pilot area in Epping Forest District, enabling these homes and businesses access to broadband speeds of 50Mbps and up to 1000Mbps.

Read more here.

Is your cabinet fibre-enabled?

Do you know if your cabinet is fibre-enabled and ready to provide a fibre broadband service yet? Find out which cabinets have been fibre-enabled by the Superfast Essex programme and when they became ready for service.

 

Broadband Checker

You can use one of the links provided here to check whether broadband is available in your area. Please note, this links to a third-party site outside the control of the Superfast Essex Programme.

Speed Checker

Do you know your broadband speed? You can use one of the links provided here to check what you are currently receiving. Please note these are third-party sites outside the control of the Superfast Essex Programme and all indicated speeds should be used as a guide only.

Video

Watch this video to see the planning and work that we are undertaking to make Superfast Essex a reality.

How do I get it?

If fibre broadband is available in your area, please check with a commercial provider what services and speeds are available to you. You may have to switch your package or provider to get a faster connection.