News: Roll-out will offer speeds up to 1,000 times the current norm.
Ultrafast broadband provider Gigaclear has begun installing its pure fibre cable network in Essex as part of a £7.5 million project to enhance the local network.
More than 4,500 homes and businesses will receive access to the network in 18 parishes, including parts of Abbess Beauchamp and Berners Roding, Bobbingworth and Fyfield.
Gigaclear itself is investing £5.5 million, combined with £2 million in public funding from Essex County Council, BDUK and Epping Forest District Council.
The project aims to bring broadband to areas not covered by the Broadband Delivery UK project.
The first phase of work will take place between now and May 2016. The project should provide speeds of up to 1000 times faster than are currently available there.
Matthew Hare, Chief Executive at Gigaclear, said: "By installing a new Fibre-to-the-Premises network we are giving residents and businesses in the Epping Forest District internet speeds that will transform their online experience, meaning working from home, running a business, studying, being entertained and play will now be possible for all."