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Cambridge Utd Supporters Club scores new business thanks to ultrafast broadband

10 Oct 2017
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Cambridge United Supporters Club is one the first organisations in the country to benefit from a major expansion of ultrafast broadband by Openreach. 

The Abbey Stadium based social club is now using the latest ultrafast technology, known as Gfast, a service capable of delivering broadband download speeds of up to 330Mbps* – around 10 times the UK national average. 

It is one of tens of thousands of homes and businesses across the county now able to get some of the fastest broadband speeds in the UK – after we began switching on pilot areas for the technology earlier this year. We’re planning a national rollout of ultrafast broadband to 12 million homes and businesses by the end of 2020 and 10 million will be upgraded using this cutting edge technology.

Graham Passey, club steward, explained how the new ultrafast service is not only helping football supporters to enjoy match days even more, it’s also helping the club to find new sources of income on non-match days. 

He said: “On the 26 match days of the year we host more than 200 home and away fans and the higher speed of broadband we now have is proving incredibly popular with fans who use our Wi-Fi to stay in touch with what is happening at other football matches. But for the rest of the year we are a social club with events most evenings and open all weekend. On weekdays when the club is not open to members we have been able to offer our facilities to a training organisation. They use our clubhouse three days a week to run day-release training courses for apprentice electricians. The apprentices use the internet a lot for course work and even for exams which are online. Having ultrafast speeds means they can download and upload that data instantly.

“The club is used all year round for social events with live music and discos. Now DJs can download their playlists stored in the cloud rather than lugging boxes of CDs around.” 

“We’ve made a lot of progress in the four years I have been club steward, but I see this as a major addition to help us grow and there is a secure future for our club.” 

Find out more about Ultrafast broadband and Gfast technology