About Connecting Devon and Somerset
Connecting Devon and Somerset encompasses the six local authority areas of Devon, Torbay, Plymouth, Somerset, North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset. It has been funded by Central Government (£32m) and Devon and Somerset Councils (£20m), including a contribution from our private sector broadband supplier (BT was confirmed as our conditional preferred bidder on October 26th 2012). Connecting Devon and Somerset is an ambitious programme bringing improved and superfast broadband to areas that would otherwise see no investment in broadband.
Connecting Devon and Somerset will deliver broadband (greater than 2Mbps) for all by 2015, and superfast broadband (greater than 24Mbps) to at least 85% of homes and businesses by 2015; aiming for 100% superfast broadband coverage by 2020.
Get up to Speed is a business and community support project funded by Connecting Devon and Somerset and is delivered by our partners YTKO and Cosmic. It is designed to equip businesses and communities across Devon and Somerset with the right set of skills and knowledge to fully harness the improved broadband service we are bringing to you.
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We have overwhelming private and public sector support!
Connecting Devon and Somerset is backed by all 19 of our MPs across all political parties, and has been shaped by significant input from our businesses and communities who recognise the tremendous importance that improved and superfast broadband has to the future economic competitiveness of this area.
This project is a top priority to our Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) with support from the Heart of the South West and West of England LEPs. Our plan demonstrates our LEPs delivering for business and working across boundaries on shared priorities; the NHS, two police forces and further and higher education institutions also backing the bid.
Visit our endorsements page to view some of the letters of support received for our project.
When will I be getting faster broadband?
Connecting Devon and Somerset launched its procurement process on June 29th 2012 and announced on October 26th 2012 that it had appointed BT as its preferred bidder to supply improved and superfast broadband across Devon and Somerset. The next step is to undertake due diligence on the tender, and once this has been completed successfully, the offer will be formally confirmed enabling the final contract details to be agreed.
Following this, the process moves to the final stages including gaining State Aid clearance and agreeing terms of the grant with BDUK (Broadband Delivery UK – the organisation responsible for delivering the £32m of central government funding for the project). After these elements are concluded the contract can be awarded and it is anticipated that a further announcement will be made before Christmas 2012.
Connecting Devon and Somerset plans to begin rolling out new broadband infrastructure during spring 2013. We cannot be any more definitive on this date until an extensive survey of the area is completed. This survey will provide us with the information we need to plan the roll out of infrastructure over the coming years. When we are able to confirm definitively that an area is to be enabled for improved or superfast broadband, we shall make an announcement on our website and through the normal media channels.
What will I be getting?
The Connecting Devon and Somerset project aims to provide faster broadband across the whole area. Specifically, we want to ensure that every business and community has access to improved broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps by 2015.We are also working towards providing super fast broadband of at least 24Mbps to 85% of Devon and Somerset by 2015, reaching 100% of our region’s residents and businesses by 2020.
A range of different technologies are being considered to deliver improved and superfast broadband. Possible options include, wireless, satellite, FTTC (fibre to the cabinet – a fibre optic connection to the nearest cabinet, with a copper connection to the premises) or FTTP (fibre to the premises – a fibre optic connection right through to the premises). These will all be explored to determine the best option for a particular area.