Worcester among UK’s first cities to get 13x faster broadband speeds from BeFibre


Residents of Worcester will soon be able to enjoy 13x faster broadband speeds, as Fibre to the Premises broadband from BeFibre has been earmarked for the city.

With access to £100m of private funding to support its national roll out, BeFibre has moved a team of broadband engineers into the area, as the firm prepares to deliver fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connectivity for up to 25,000 homes.

BeFibre will offer download and upload speeds up to 13 times faster than the fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) coverage that currently spans the majority of the UK. Such speeds equate to the ability to download a 1-hour TV programme in only 7 seconds, or 500 Spotify songs in 25 seconds.

With the company aiming to reach 80 locations and 1,000,000 premises by 2027, this is significant news for Worcester – a location which has always featured particularly early on the roadmap.

Worcester’s full-fibre network will be planned, built, and operated by BeFibre’s sister company – Digital Infrastructure. Utilising existing ducts without having to dig up the city’s roads, the firm’s strategy is to adopt quicker and less disruptive build methods, to lower roll out costs, increase efficiency, and minimise the environmental impact of the network deployment.

The connectivity will be rolled out in a phased programme, with the first homes ready for service late May and the build due to be completed by the end of the year.

BeFibre’s sales director Tim Dagnell-Scott said: “The market is full of jargon such as superfast, ultrafast, and lightning-fast, but what does it all really mean?

“Think of the ability to upload 100 Instagram photos in 5 seconds or an entire new-release PS5 game in only 14 minutes – all without any connectivity worries when you’re trying to work efficiently from home on a video call.

“These are the connectivity demands that increasingly busy homes and businesses are rightfully placing on their broadband providers – only to usually be met by the buffering ‘wheel of doom’. We’re here to deliver the performance improvements customers are looking for.”