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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BT have just announced they will be upgrading a number of exchanges in Devon and Somerset. Does this mean that they will be rolling out superfast Broadband anyway?

BT have made various announcements about locations where they are rolling out their BT Infinity programme. Some of the main towns and cities across Devon and Somerset have been included in this list. In areas where the upgraded BT exchanges enable the services that meet the aims of the Connecting Devon andSomerset programme we won’t need to spend public money. However, despite the BT upgrade, thousands of homes and businesses across Devon and Somerset will still be without a better broadband service. The Connecting Devon and Somerset Programme will help plug the gap.

BT maintains a searchable map and a downloadable list of exchange areas where they have or will be rolling out FttC, but note that it does not give detail down to cabinet level, and they do not upgrade every cabinet in an exchange area. BT have stated:

“Openreach averages 85% coverage of homes and businesses within an enabled exchange area”.

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