THOUSANDS of homes and businesses in Northwich are now able to connect to a 'lightning-fast' broadband network.

Cheshire West and Chester Council has been working with Freedom Fibre to roll out the network across the borough.

And with other communities due to join in future, more than 25,000 homes and businesses across Northwich and Ellesmere Port can already enjoying full-fibre broadband. 

Cllr Nathan Pardoe, cabinet member for inclusive economy, regeneration and digital transformation, along with senior officers from the council, joined the Freedom Fibre team installing broadband in Northwich last week.

He said: "It was great to see first-hand the work that Freedom Fibre and council staff are doing engaging with communities and increasing connectivity across our borough.

"Full-fibre high-speed broadband is vital for people to ensure they can stay connected to family, friends, leisure, entertainment, and work opportunities.

"It is also crucial for businesses to help with efficiency and productivity.

"The council want to make sure that we have the necessary infrastructure in all of our communities, especially those most in need, to help people to access high-speed broadband and the opportunities it brings."

Freedom Fibre has an ambitious plan to connect more than two million homes across the North West, including many thousands more scheduled in Cheshire West and Chester over the coming weeks and months.

Businesses across the borough can also join Freedom Fibre’s full-fibre network and enjoying speeds of up to 10Gbps.

Northwich Guardian: Cllr Nathan Pardoe with Freedom FibreCllr Nathan Pardoe with Freedom Fibre (Image: CWAC)

Tony Moore, chief delivery officer at Freedom Fibre, said: "We’re delighted that homes and businesses across Cheshire are already benefitting from our lightning-fast, full-fibre network, with many more set to be connected very soon.

"We look forward to further strengthening our relationship with Cheshire West and Chester Council and continuing our rollout across the county."

A CWAC spokesman added: "Full-fibre high speed broadband is part of the council’s commitment to expanding digital inclusion, ensuring access to the internet for all through enhancing digital connectivity, infrastructure, equipment, and skills.

"This is one of the 12 action points identified as part of the council’s vision for an inclusive economy. The inclusive economy aims to make Cheshire West and Chester a greener, fairer and stronger place to live, work and play."