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BT brings £20m to the table as Herefordshire and Gloucestershire contract signed
Monday 17 December 2012 12:20:42 by Andrew Ferguson

BT was announced as the preferred bidder for the joint BDUK project between Herefordshire and Gloucestershire and the actual contract has now been signed in a suitably rural location.

Openreach engineer Alex Hunt; Cllr Graham Powell – Cabinet Member for Education and Infrastructure, Herefordshire Council; Jon Reynolds – Director Public Sector, NGA; Cllr Mark Hawthorne – Leader of Gloucestershire County Council; Cllr John Jarvis – Leader of Herefordshire Council; Ian Binks - Partnership Director, West Midlands
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The project to bring superfast broadband to all who want it in the two counties by 2018 is worth £56.6m, of which £20.9 million is from BT and £18.17m from the central BDUK fund. The project is running with two major milestones:

  • End of 2016 - 90% of homes and businesses to have access to FTTC or FTTP, and all remaining premises to have access to a 2 Mbps service.
  • End of 2018 - All those who want a 24 Mbps or faster connection will have access to one.

The BDUK target is March/May 2015 for the 90% and 2 Mbps USC, so it is refreshing to see a project be realistic about what it can deliver in the time scale. Also it shows that while those in the 10% of areas that do not see a superfast service immediately that ongoing work will take place to improve things.

The roll-out follows the usual pattern of a FTTC centric solution, but the release does promise areas with FTTP in addition to the roll-out of the fibre on demand product in all FTTC area.

Now that the official signing has took place, the planners can get on with the job and hopefully actual delivery work will commence in the second half of 2013. For the 140,000 homes and businesses set to benefit there will be a where and when type website that will appear in the New Year.


Posted by adslmax over 4 years ago
2016-2018 is pretty a long way off, another 3-5 years to wait is a big blow to BT. Always behind. By the time in 2018, there will be a gigabyte broadband!
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
GigaByte broadband 8 Gbps is a long way away.

Gigabit is already here in parts of the UK, and the Openreach FTTP can scale to do it once people are ready to pay the price.
Posted by nooneatall over 4 years ago
Where the fook is Herfordshire?
Posted by nooneatall over 4 years ago
Oh yea.. massive fail too 2018 for 24 mbs?
What a joke
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
24 Mbps as a minimum connection is not bad. EU wants 30 Mbps by 2020, so I presume we call that a joke too?
Posted by nooneatall over 4 years ago
Yea, we are only a small country and sticking fibre everywhere shouldn't take 8 years. Who cares what the EU wants, there's no guarantee we will even be part of that by 2020... none of us have voted for it.
Posted by chrysalis over 4 years ago
the 2018 target also is concerning its 24mbps, suggesting it will be access to a "up to 24mbit" adsl2+ service.
Posted by flippery over 4 years ago
Interested as to whom is paying balance.
Will be no change in this area of gloucestershire.
Posted by adslmax over 4 years ago
@ nooneatall - I agree with him over EU - who give a toss! Don't care really. We never voted for EU.
Posted by WWWombat over 4 years ago
The 2018 target seems to be 24Mbps+ (it says "or faster").

Isn't that precisely the current definition of superfast broadband?

Most counties have an SFBB target of higher than 90% beyond 2015 - so beyond the BDUK funding. They'll just be using the current BDUK plans as the basis for the next project.

It'll be interesting to know if *this* contract is only for the 2016/BDUK portion, or if it already includes work for the 2016-2018 period too.
Posted by chrysalis over 4 years ago
to me 24mbit is adequate broadband. not superfast. Its a very weak baseline.
Posted by tommy45 over 4 years ago
30-40mbps upwards is superfast, but less is only ADSL speeds that have been around for years,
Posted by fastman over 4 years ago
24 meg on ADSLl means you would have to be on top of an exchnage - > 24 meands FTTC and that aoounf 600 - 700 metres away from an enabld street cab ragardless of the distanc to the exchnage so the 24 is quite fundamental
Posted by themanstan over 4 years ago
I see there are still lots of hire and fire advocates for BDUK deployments, the concept of a sustainable workforce being an alien notion. Because that is the only way any of the telecoms could deploy faster, but would also make it more expensive...
Posted by adslmax over 4 years ago
Don't forget that around 10% only get 21 Meg on ADSL2+ because BT limit the profile set at 21Meg, and the rest of us up to 16 Meg is to do distance how far away from the exchange. No ones will be getting 24 Meg.
Posted by zyborg47 over 4 years ago
Jarvis and his cronies again, the way they mucking this city up there be no one here to use broadband for they will have no money

Bt once again, great for some to get millions of tax payers money to make millions.

Thank goodness I don't have to use BT systems, just a shame we still have to put with Jarvis and lousy Herefordshire council

Posted by dragon1945 over 4 years ago
I would love to get a guaranteed 2MB. On a good day I get 2.1 MB, which frequently slips to 1.3 MB. That's with Talktalk. BT still say they can only offer 512 KB. YouTube and BBC i-Player aren't accessible 90% of the time. The coppercable hasn't been renewed here in the 47 years I have k=lived here. The "newest" bit of copper cable runs from the house to the Junction box outside, and that's about 30 years old. Dropped phone calls, noise on the line and inadequate BB speed is a way of life here. BT never did anything about the complaints either.
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