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Norfolk County Council signs with BT
Friday 21 December 2012 20:47:14 by Andrew Ferguson

We have known for sometime that Norfolk had chosen BT for its BDUK project, but it is not all official after a signing ceremony at County Hall.

"What a fantastic Christmas present this contract is for Norfolk. It brings the promise of better broadband access and speeds for thousands of properties, with the first services due to be available by this time next year.

We know how many people and businesses are frustrated by slow or no broadband access in Norfolk, it’s one of the biggest issues facing our county. It has far-reaching implications, on our competitiveness, on our learning opportunities and on Norfolk’s attractiveness as a place to live, work and do business.

This is why when the opportunity arose to receive Government funding to bring better broadband to Norfolk, we acted swiftly and invested £15 million in the project, and were rewarded with the same figure from BDUK, making us one of the first counties to be successful in getting Government backing.

With the contract now signed, work on the project will get underway in the new year. Over the next three years Norfolk will be transformed as networks are upgraded and better broadband becomes available in large parts of the county, including in many of our more rural locations. Norfolk stands to benefit from this investment for decades to come, and we're extremely proud to be bringing this about for the county."

Ann Steward, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Norfolk County Council

Work should start now in the New Year with the first new services delivered before the end of 2013 and the project completing in Autumn 2015. The big question for residents of Norfolk will be what service will they get and when, hopefully once the planning teams have done their work the council and BT will be able to release timetables for the work.


Posted by herdwick over 4 years ago
"not all official" or "now all official" ?
Posted by KevG123 over 4 years ago
As long as they keep us regularly informed thats fine. Just don't want huge gaps between comms.

an eventual update to the Openworld Where and When site would be good too, even for dates out in 2014/2015.
Posted by amips over 4 years ago
Suckers! (NCC)
BT have been promising better broadband in Norfolk for years - they may have done a bit for the city, but it took TalkTalk to get my download speed from BT's half a meg to 6megs by putting new equipment in my local exchange!
Was this a greased palm deal?
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