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Northamptonshire County Council prefers BT
Thursday 07 February 2013 11:49:32 by Andrew Ferguson

It looks likely that BT will win another BDUK project as they have been named as the preferred supplier by Northamptonshire County Council.

The decision is not final as it requires approval of the council cabinet at a meeting on February 13th. While the projects aims are the standard 90% with superfast and 2 Mbps for all, the project is endeavouring to aim for 100% superfast coverage by 2017.

Update 13th February 2013: The cabinet meeting has approved BT as the supplier with details on roll-out plans appearing in March. The Northampton Chronicle and Echo has some more information on the project timeline, by March 2014 the first 2,000 premises to benefit from a superfast service under the project should be live, rising to 90% of the affected premises by March 2015. The project will continue to take superfast services to 100% of premises by March 2017 that are outside the existing commercial footprints, a total of 81,000 premises.


Posted by Matchstick over 4 years ago
I'm curious whether there are any measures in place with BDUK to ensure that BT doesn't deliberately withhold investment in Next Gen broadband in some locations so it can then claim BDUK funds for rolling out a service it would have done anyway (and quite possibly earlier).
Posted by fastman over 4 years ago
its called the OMR
Posted by fastman over 4 years ago
the OMR shows where any investment will not take place and what is in intervention area - the BT commercial roll out will be complete in Sping 2014
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
OMR - Open Market Review for those not up to speed with the latest civil service dictionary
Posted by mikejp over 4 years ago
"the preferred supplier" - anyone guess how many bidders there were?
Posted by herdwick over 4 years ago
Northamptonshire are using the BDUK Framework agreement, which only has two suppliers BT and Fujitsu since it was signed last June. has the maps of planned commercial deployment etc.
Posted by mikejp over 4 years ago
Herdwick - it would appear that Fujitsu are a 'notional' supplier? It looks better if there are 'two' rather than one. How many ITTs have Fujitsu actually bid on?
Posted by herdwick over 4 years ago
Well they bid for the Framework, and they were working with the Northants team. You'll have to FOI the relevant LA to see who actually bid.
Posted by mikejp over 4 years ago
Take your word for it. A folorn task.
Posted by mikejp over 4 years ago
Supplemental: Fujitsu did not even respond to the Open Market Review in my LA.
Posted by herdwick over 4 years ago
Fujitsu don't have a presence to contribute, nor commercial rollout plans, hence their absence from the OMR? They have got their menu of options onto BDUK's Framework, for those using it, and AIUI they then work up a proposal using that menu to address the LA's spec as well as they can.
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