A major infrastructure project to build faster broadband service in Ramsbottom has begun.

Next-generation internet provider BeFibre has begun building its network, in the latest phase of a targeted £100m private investment to upgrade customers’ broadband.

The start of construction means that people in the city will soon be able to enjoy broadband speeds 13 times faster than fiber to the cabinet (FTTC) coverage which currently covers the majority of the UK.

BeFibre plans to provide FTTC connectivity to approximately 17,000 properties and will roll it out gradually.

It is expected that the first homes will be ready for broadband before the end of the year.

BeFibre strives to be known as the internet server that keeps its promises and delivers broadband as it should.

Its upload and download speeds match the ability to download an hour-long TV program in just seven seconds, or 500 Spotify songs in 25 seconds, for example.

The company aims to reach a total of 80 locations and 1,000,000 premises by 2027, but Ramsbottom has always been at the start of the roadmap.

BeFibre Sales Director Tim Dagnell-Scott said: “As a country, there is a lot of work to be done in the UK to provide communities with the internet connectivity they really need.

“That’s why we’re working hard – and at a brisk pace – to deliver a scalable broadband network to previously underserved areas.

“We work quickly, using the existing conduits so that we don’t have to dig the roads of the city.

“It’s less disruptive, it allows us to connect homes faster and it’s also better for the environment.

“If you see us in the area, come talk to us – we want to talk to as many residents as possible to understand what makes Ramsbottom tick.”

Ramsbottom’s all-fibre network was designed and will be built and operated by BeFibre’s sister company, Digital Infrastructure.

Residents can find out if they can receive the new service by registering their interest at be-fibre.co.uk/registernow