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South Gloucestershire picks BT for broadband project
Monday 12 November 2012 10:02:16 by Andrew Ferguson

While we still wait on the BDUK blanket EU State Aid approval to arrive another project edges closer to the point where it could start actual delivery work, rather than just meetings and reports.

South Gloucestershire Council who have partnered with Wiltshire Council has announced that BT is the preferred bidder for the project to implement the USC and Superfast broadband targets. The project currently has a total of £23m of public money, with as yet an unknown amount being contributed by BT, the funding split is £15.5m from Wiltshire and £2.2m from South Gloucestershire Council, the amount from the central BDUK fund is just £5.37m.

For those living and working in the area has more information on the project including a map showing the postcodes where project will be operating.

One of the local papers suggests that the project has cleared the Brussels hurdle, which we presume means that EU State Aid approval has been received, but this we believe is not the case yet. The newspaper article does point out that residents of Swindon are not part of this project, with Swindon following its own path to broadband nirvana.


Posted by mikejp over 4 years ago
Andrew - you need to check the text:

"The procurement programme is being led by Wiltshire Council with an investment of 15.5m with an additional 4.66m government funding. South Gloucestershire Council is investing £2.2m in the district’s broadband provision, alongside £710,000 of government funding."

£5.37mill is correct but South Glos is £2.2mill, not £710,000
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
My mistake - was on their website, but copied across wrong figure when doing the sums.

If BT adds a figure in the £20m to the project the £5m from BDUK looks even more woeful.
Posted by zyborg47 over 4 years ago
Bt again, what a surprise
Posted by Bob_s2 over 4 years ago
Why should the BDUK funding look woefull? BDUK are only making up the difference. It tends to indicate the area is close to profitable.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
Woeful, because council feel the need to not just match but put three times the amount into project.

Posted by camieabz over 4 years ago
"The project currently has a total of £23m of public money, with as yet an unknown amount being contributed by BT"

That worries me. You would think a council would be warning their taxpayers if the BT share was less than desirable, or that BT would be trumpeting the amount if it was the opposite.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
Until the contract has been signed the BT amount is confidential at a guess - simplez.

Preferred bidder is very different to having Bill Murphy sign on the dotted line.
Posted by fastman over 4 years ago
any succesful operator would have to provide an element of match funding (depending on ad intenitity and other factors) and that figure will usually remain conidential (although it can be indicated once the winning bidder advises contract amount
Posted by camieabz over 4 years ago
In the event of a preferred bidder list of 'one', is there a risk of transparency leading to being out-bid? ;)

I assume it's a list of one, as there's no obvious mention of others in the link.
Posted by ron51 over 4 years ago
Perhaps people like zyborg47 should stop criticising companies such as BT who are at least putting their money where there mouth is and ask why others are sitting on the sidelines and continually sniping.
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