ALMOST 12,000 homes and businesses across the town of Workington now have access to fast, gigabit-capable broadband

The telecoms provider Fibrus has been working in Cumbria since 2021, bringing full-fibre optic cable all the way to premises to provide connection speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second. 

Colin Hutchinson, chief financial officer for Fibrus, said: We identified Workington as an area in need of enhanced broadband connections and prioritised the town accordingly.

“We’ve been working hard to install infrastructure, laying around 250 kilometres of cable in Workington alone. Full-fibre broadband is the mains electricity of the 21st century and it’s vital that it is widely available.”

Alongside its commercial roll-out, Fibrus has started work to connect tens of thousands of people living and working in rural Cumbria to high-speed connectivity as part of a £108million government contract.

MP Mark Jenkinson said: “I'm delighted with the work Fibrus has done to bring the benefits of full-fibre broadband to Workington and I'm proud that the Government's Project Gigabit initiative will enable Fibrus to connect many rural parts of the constituency that would otherwise miss out.”

Fibrus is still laying cable in Workington and also currently in Aspatria, Kendal and Penrith.

It will start work in another 15 towns and villages in Cumbria in the first half of 2024 including Great Broughton, Cockermouth, Keswick, Distington, Whitehaven, St Bees, Windermere and Flookburgh.

Fibrus is also providing £212,000 to support community projects over the life of the Project Gigabit contract.

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