About Superfast Essex

Superfast Essex is a broadband improvement programme run by Essex County Council.

We’re working with two network operators, Openreach and Gigaclear, to make superfast and ultrafast broadband available to as many homes and businesses across Essex as we can. To achieve this, we’re rolling out a mix of fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology. Read about the differences on our broadband technologies page.

The table below shows the programme's delivery phases and contracts, some of which are now finished, and some that are still being delivered.

Phase

Operator

District area

Local authority funding contribution

Build start date

Completion date

1 Openreach Essex-wide N/A April 2014 June 2016
2a Openreach Essex-wide (Not inc. Epping Forest or Southend/Thurrock) Braintree, Maldon, Tendring   February 2020
2b Gigaclear Epping Forest Epping Forest Late 2015 May 2018
3.1 Gigaclear Uttlesford Uttlesford Underway September 2022
3.2 Gigaclear Braintree, Colchester N/A Underway September 2022
3.3 Openreach Tendring Tendring Underway June 2021
3.4 Openreach Castle Point, Colchester, Maldon, Rochford N/A Underway June 2021
4a.1 Gigaclear Epping Forest Epping Forest Underway September 2022
4a.2 Openreach Basildon Basildon Underway June 2021
4a.3 Openreach Braintree Braintree Underway June 2021
4b Openreach Brentwood, Castle Point, Chelmsford, Colchester, Harlow, Maldon, Rochford, Tendring, Thurrock, Uttlesford N/A July 2020 December 2022

How are we funded?

Superfast Essex is funded by Essex County Council, the Government and the network operators working on each contract. Local councils have also contributed funding towards some phases of work. In addition, we’ve received full funding for one phase of work, which is set bring ultrafast fibre broadband to nearly 1,000 businesses across Essex, as well as benefit a further 2,700 homes. This is thanks to a £5 million grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). We have also received an additional £2.5 million funding from SELEP and the Getting Building Fund to both support this work and reach additional rural premises. Find out more about our Phase 4b work.

Superfast broadband in your area

We’ve created an interactive rollout map to help show what broadband coverage is available or planned in your area. Enter your address on the map page to find out what is available at your property.

Commercial work

Some broadband operators have told us about their existing and planned broadband coverage in Essex, which is commercial (non-state funded) work that sits outside of the Superfast Essex programme. Read about this work on our Commercial Operators page.