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Cambridgeshire picks BT to deliver USC and superfast services
Monday 04 February 2013 22:08:13 by Andrew Ferguson

BT has been picked by Cambridgeshire County Council to be the commercial partner in its project to deliver superfast broadband to 90% of premises in the county and 2 Mbps to very nearly 100% of the remainder by 2015.

The size of the investment by BT will not be revealed until the contract is signed which will be in March 2013, after the various approvals have been gained from the central BDUK body.

Hopefully more details on targets for coverage will appear at the contract signing. The use of the words very nearly 100% with respect to premises getting a 2 Mbps service is an interesting choice of words and might be a sign that the Universal Service Commitment is falling apart or may not be implemented equally across the UK.

For those living and working in Cambridgeshire the council has published some FAQ entries that includes maps highlighting where superfast broadband would be available without any intervention from the project and the areas of the county where standard broadband is not available or slower than 2 Mbps.


Posted by zyborg47 over 4 years ago
No surprise there to be honest. it seems like Bt have got every single contract that have been done and will get the others as well.

all sounds fishy to me.
Posted by herdwick over 4 years ago
It's like Microsoft getting software contracts, or HP contracts to supply printers - least risk to the decision maker.
Posted by New_Londoner over 4 years ago
Interesting as not part of the BDUK framework. Which other companies bid as ths was not limited to BT and Fujitsu?
Posted by herdwick over 4 years ago
"Over the past year, a complex procurement competition involving several bidders has been carried out to find a commercial partner to provide broadband infrastructure in areas that would not be able to get it otherwise." - but I have asked the question as to how many and who made it to the final stages. There were 12 expressing an interest a year ago.
Posted by herdwick over 4 years ago
"2.2.2 Three companies completed the dialogue meetings stage and, at the formal completion of the dialogue stage, were issued with an Invitation to Submit Final Bid.

2.2.3 Subsequently one of the companies notified the Council that they were withdrawing from the process before the deadline for submitting a Final Bid. On 10th December 2012, competitive and compliant final bids were received from the remaining two suppliers."
Posted by ValueforMoney over 4 years ago
Outside BDUK process but public subsidy per premise past is stabilising at >£200 per premise, a 300 premises per PCP on average would equate to £60k ish public subsidy - a factor of 4 to 5 incremental costs based on NI case KN Network services case study.

Nothing fishy, just an enduring monopoly.
Posted by New_Londoner over 4 years ago
As posted before, you would need a lot more detail to make any sort of meaningful calculation and cost comparisons. And you'd need to take into account geographic differences.

Otherwise you are just bandying around pretty meaningless numbers to make an unsubstantiated point.

Remember any projects funded with state aid are subject to some pretty stringent audits, which should pick up on any real concerns.
Posted by themanstan over 4 years ago
It would be interesting to know if these projects are required to set aside funds to pay for audits...
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