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Rutland and Suffolk to lead superfast broadband charge
Friday 16 September 2011 13:26:58 by Andrew Ferguson

Confirmation has been given to Rutland and Suffolk of the £710,000 and £11.68m of funding respectively from the BDUK to ensure superfast broadband coverage in the areas. The areas have been described as being national broadband champions, with the aim that they will show other areas what is possible and with the talk of being fast-tracked one hopes to see results sooner rather than later.

Rutland has around 15,000 homes and while the funding appears small, they are aiming to attract another £1.2 million from private investors. Rutland Telecom back in June announced a plan that could blanket fibre coverage of the county, where they already offer FTTC services, though it is not clear whether they are the chosen provider for any of this roll-out.

The aim in Rutland is to get superfast broadband to 99% of properties, in Suffolk they are aiming for an 80% coverage figure at speeds over 20Mbps, with the remainder receiving a fixed wireless broadband service. Suffolk Council is investing some £10 million in the scheme too.

Comments

Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
Excellent! I'm glad someone other than BT is getting BDUK money, so this obviously means they are going to wholesale this out then so TT, Be, Sky a.n.other can use it? Its just a bit confusing as they say this on their site:-

"Rutland had to have its plan approved before the £710,000 could be confirmed. Once it has selected a broadband provider to work with it will look to secure the remaining £1,290,000 from private investors."
Posted by krazykizza over 5 years ago
They get their front end infrastructure network, just need the backend infrastructure to supply down to customer
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
Got ya. But I presume any ISP can use the network so the customer has a choice of ISP's?
Posted by New_Londoner over 5 years ago
@GMan
Re-reading the news story suggests that no decision has yet been taken on the supplier, the announcement is simply confirming the award of money to the local authority from BDUK.
Posted by billyliar over 5 years ago
@GMAN99

I might be reading it wrong but it does not say the project won't be done by BT. Rutland Council will no doubt tender for a provider. Rutland Telecom may be the front runner.... but not necessarily the winner.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
Hmmm I'm not entirely sure how this would work then? I was expecting that Rutland would put in the network itself and the hub would be in a Rutland PoP or PoPs and ISP's would be able to buy backhaul from Rutland into their own network so the other ISP's could offer connectivity to the customers?

@New_L it says:- "As part of this announcement, it has also been confirmed that Rutland’s broadband plan has been approved and the county will receive £710,000 of national funding."
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
@billyliar

Correct, I did look around to see if anything had changed to confirm a supplier.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
Arr ok sorry (to correct myself) based on Rutlands plan the county will receive the cash, how its spent TBA
Posted by wirelesspacman over 5 years ago
"the county will receive the cash, how its spent TBA"

So no difference really to the other so-called pilot areas then.

They will now have to go out for an open tender to tick the EU procurement rules boxes. If it goes to a non-BT outfit then hard to envisage much interest at the moment from the majors such as TT et al wrt wholesale.
Posted by herdwick over 5 years ago
I was somewhat mystified by this re-announcement of funding too. It means they can now go out to tender. I think Hunt needed something to announce when speaking at a meeting.

Even £2m divided by 16,000 houses and 3,000 business is only £105 each
Posted by creakycopperline over 5 years ago
Excellent! I'm glad someone other than BT is getting BDUK money

are you feeling ok gman99? you got a fever XD
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
It seems I overreacted they haven't got the money yet :) But yeah I'd love to see others get funding.
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
Unfortunately, it's yet to be seen where this money is going Creaky.
The real catch for the smaller players will be how they offer wholesale access... this is the real kicker. As the burden imposed is one that other ISPs normally don't have to concern themselves about, but requires infrastructure/personnel to support.
Posted by wirelesspacman over 5 years ago
Offering wholesale access is the easy bit - getting the big ISPs to take it is likely to be much harder.
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
Indeed, but they have to support it and have the means to do so. This will impose a financial burden on these ISPs, this would on top of the SLU costs, with it's daft fibre tax cost implications.
Posted by herdwick over 5 years ago
fibre tax is small money. Less than a quid per month per connected home. Get over it.

Wholesaling kills small networks by leaving the guy building and running the expensive bit with too little of the money. Rutland Telecom want not only the retail margin but the phone line / calls income too.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
"Wholesaling kills small networks by leaving the guy building and running the expensive bit with too little of the money. " - Same with any wholesaling I would have thought, you pay a lot of money to build it and then get drip fed money from others to pay off your investment
Posted by Kampala69 over 5 years ago
Living in the far north of Suffolk, I don't expect anything will reach us! Mind you I can get 1.2meg on a good day.
Posted by Flubster over 5 years ago
0.8meg here, annoying as a FTTC cab is about 500m away but its attached to a different exchange :(
Posted by fastman over 5 years ago
what exchange are you on if able to say or Me with it
Posted by fastman over 5 years ago
sorry that shold have said PM me with it
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