Devon and Somerset who are working together on a joint BDUK project that is worth some £51m (£31m from BDUK, and £10m from each council) is one step closer to being formally awarded to BT.
Back in September a newsletter to people in the area revealed that Fujitsu had not even submitted a tender, so it has been likely that BT would win the contract. The latest news from the Plymouth Herald is that BT has been appointed with the small matter now of due diligence that runs for two weeks.
One the contract is finally signed we will know how much BT is contributing to the scheme, and hopefully the current figures of 100% receiving 2 Mbps, and a minimum of 85% of properties at 25 Mbps or faster by 2015, and continuing work until 2020 when it will be 100% receiving superfast broadband.
Another contract going to BT is going to upset the critics of the BDUK process, but in this case with Fujitsu not even tendering the only other option appears to have been no project at all. The basic idea behind the BDUK process that it is a public private partnership with the commercial bidder putting up many millions in each county is what scared away many of the small and large firms that tender for these sorts of projects usually.