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BT and Fujitsu bid to deliver superfast broadband

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Posted on: 3 July 2012

Major players in the telecoms industry – BT and Fujitsu Telecom – have been invited to tender for the contract to deliver superfast broadband across Devon and Somerset.

The Connecting Devon and Somerset superfast broadband programme launched its procurement process yesterday, following the creation of a national framework of suppliers to roll out superfast broadband across the country.

The programme is led by Devon and Somerset County Councils in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay Councils. It aims to provide 100% broadband coverage of at least 2Mbps with a minimum of 85% superfast broadband at 24Mbps by 2015 and superfast broadband for all by 2020.

Now that the Invitation To Tender (ITT) has been issued, BT and Fujitsu will bid to win a contract directly with Connecting Devon and Somerset to provide improved broadband throughout Devon and Somerset.

Councillor Will Mumford, Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Strategic Planning for Devon County Council said: “The Connecting Devon and Somerset programme is on track to begin the roll-out phase in early 2013. We will now be entering the procurement phase with both suppliers to secure the best deal possible for residents and businesses alike.

“There will be a lot of work behind the scenes over the summer and autumn to analyse demand for superfast broadband using people’s responses to the survey we carried out over the spring and summer; to track existing infrastructure and services and then to start developing a programme for prioritising rollout.”

The project has secured £32 million of funding from the government agency Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and both Somerset and Devon County Councils will be putting in up to £10 million each. Further funding from Bath and North East Somerset Council who joined CDS in February has brought the total close to £53 million. Further investment will be expected from the successful private sector bidder.

Find out more about the Connecting Devon and Somerset programme.

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