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Devon and Somerset

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    • UK Umbrella State Aid Granted by European Commission

      Broadband Delivery UK (the organisation responsible for delivering the £52 million of public funding for the Connecting Devon and Somerset Project) has been granted State Aid* clearance by the European Commission. This allows Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) to approve local

    • BT Appointed Preferred Bidder for the Connecting Devon and Somerset Programme

      The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme has announced that it has appointed BT as preferred bidder for the provision of superfast broadband across Devon and Somerset. The next stage of the project involves undertaking due diligence on the tender

    • Procurement Update

      As part of satisfying State Aid requirements, Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) is required to announce the launch of its invitation to tender (ITT) for the selection of its chosen supplier from the recent Framework arrangement set up by BDUK.

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Coverage Maps

The most recent analysis of standard broadband coverage by the Connecting Devon and Somerset programme illustrates that large areas of the county struggle to be able to access standard broadband.  The percentage of premises not receiving 2Mbps (standard broadband) is 9.57%. In addition, 49.3% of all premises are not currently receiving or are not announced to receive super fast NGA services.

The map below shows areas (marked in grey) where either BT or Virgin Media has deployed or announced the delivery of NGA. This includes the recent announcements by BT for rollout in Devon and Somerset (21 March 2012). Areas marked as black are covered by both. Areas marked as white for both maps are those within the target area for intervention.

In line with the European Commission guidelines on broadband deployment, the Connecting Devon and Somerset programme has conducted a targeted consultation with current broadband suppliers. Results of the supplier consultation concluded that there is no planned and fully-financed plans for further basic or NGA rollout across the programme’s area.

The results of the consultations allowed accurate mapping of where there is, or will be, availability of super fast and standard broadband by 2015. This information is contained within the CDS invitation to tender. The map below shows this planned area for intervention. Areas marked grey are where there is already or will be super fast broadband by one provider, while areas marked as black are where there are or will be two or more providers. Areas marked as white are where the CDS procurement is able to target investment under state aid rules.

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