The East Anglian Daily Times that has been a driving force behind the demand registration schemes for better broadband in Norfolk and Suffolk is reporting that Fujitsu pulled out of the race for Suffolk at the weekend, and that BT will be confirmed as the winning bidder today.
The contract is worth £40m, though we will have to wait for the official announcement to learn how much BT is contributing towards the project, additionally the EDP reports that the precise technology mix for the project in Suffolk is still be decided, as in how far above the 90% level will superfast broadband be pushed into the county.
The original Fujitsu project announcements created a lot of coverage, but as time has progressed it has become clearer, that Fujitsu was not looking to do full FTTP to every home, but perhaps only those areas that took overall coverage to around 80%, leaving rural areas on alternative solutions that met the 2 Mbps USC. In that sense BT with its FTTC roll-out that can cover more properties for the same money, but with a lower top speed will appear much more attractive.
The BT project bids are often criticised, but if one stops concentrating on speed and looks at coverage, it would seem BT is the one to opt for. The EU and many critics may disagree but it is not clear if the average consumer cares, they just want a better service with minimal hassle.