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Isle of Wight broadband project crosses into procurement phase
Monday 11 February 2013 19:01:08 by Andrew Ferguson

Another of the BDUK projects is plodding on and is now entering the phase were it has to pick from one of the two approved suppliers. The BBC article has the council now suggesting that delivery work will start in Spring 2014, we hope that the council updates the project website which is still showing a hopeful date for work to start of early 2013.

The work of picking the provider is set to continue till September 2013, given the way the contracts have gone to date another BT win is likely. Fujitsu has yet to win a project and while this is seen as favouritism to BT by many, it is most likely the fear factor of going for an unknown entity versus the devil you know.


Posted by splodgit over 4 years ago
A multi-hundred-million pound PFI scheme to rebuild or at least repair all the terrible roads on the Island is due to begin in April 2013. It had been hoped that the ducts etc would be in place BEFORE the roads were rebuilt. Perhaps this means that the road program is about to slip as well.
Posted by ElBobbo over 4 years ago
I'm surprised there isn't some regulation that forces/subsidizes people digging up/laying road to lay common conduit as well, which would drastically reduce the cost of infrastructure expansion.
Posted by herdwick over 4 years ago
Who would own the common conduit and how much would they charge for its use ?
Posted by ElBobbo over 4 years ago
I don't know. Perhaps a government body? Is that the only reason, or even a good reason for it not to be done?
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