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52,500 properties to benefit from Herts and Bucks broadband project
Monday 24 June 2013 10:29:03 by Andrew Ferguson

The announcement that BT has gained another BDUK project contract is not really news in itself, but the detail of the announcement and timeline is important for businesses and residents of the two counties covered by today's contract signing.

This latest contract covers Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire and is worth a total of £18.06 million and should see a goal of over 90% of the premises in the two counties being able to access a fibre based broadband service. The project has a end date of March 2016, and should mean that another 52,500 properties on top of the 553,000 properties that can get fibre (FTTC) based services as part of the commercial roll-out by Openreach.

The remaining properties across the two counties are set to be delivered a minimum speed of 2 Mbps. Interestingly the press release only talks about FTTC based services, so there is a chance that the two counties will not have any native FTTP deployed via the project and more strangely FTTP on Demand which should become available to all FTTC areas over the course of of 2013/2014 is missing.

The most important date now is that the first areas to be upgraded as part of the project are not expected until the middle of 2014.

For those chasing the numbers, the £18.06m is broke down with £1.61m from Hertfordshire County Council, Buckinghamshire £3.7m, £4.15m from BDUK, Local Enterprise Partnerships £2.2m and the balance of £8.6m from BT. The project is set to make fibre broadband available to 38,528 extra premises in Buckinghamshire and 14,010 in Hertfordshire but no indication of the speeds that these premises will get.

Comments

Posted by Plankton1066 over 3 years ago
I see on ISPreview that South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire have announced their BDUK plans and how they are going to spend the £36.5 million they have. 50 new cabinets and 100km of fibre optic cable. So I guess that's £200k per cabinet and £365 a meter for the cable then.
Posted by Plankton1066 over 3 years ago
I mean £265 a meter.
Posted by victoriaonline over 3 years ago
I reckon I’ll have grey hair before my exchange and cabinet gets upgraded…
Posted by victoriaonline over 3 years ago
"The project is set to make fibre broadband available to 38,528 extra premises in Buckinghamshire and 14,010 in Buckinghamshire..."

Anything in Herts?
Posted by mdar5 over 3 years ago
Well Oxfordshire is still "negotiating"
Announcements previously expected in "Spring" about the contract and what it means etc are now expected in Aug (I think that means autumn).
Strangely we are also told by OCC that despite this delay, actual delivery is still expected to start in January 2014.
So maybe Hert/Bucks need to talk to O.C.C to see how this is going to be done.
Posted by mdar5 over 3 years ago
@Plankton
Did you actually bother to read the press release from Wiltshire?
Or are you trying to troll?

It says 300 new cabinets and 1500Km of new fibre optic cable
http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/wiltshireonline/first-communities-news-release/
Posted by Plankton1066 over 3 years ago
@mdar5 nooooo not trolling! That was from the ISP review piece. So I guess £75k a cabinet and £9.33 a meter that isn't so bad! :) ! http://www.ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2013/06/south-gloucestershire-and-wiltshire-uk-reveal-first-bt-fibre-rollout-areas.html

Thought I'd found a slam dunk for the NOA, I'm still really interested to see their thoughts if this is offering VFM though.
Posted by themanstan over 3 years ago
ISP review adds up to 350 cabs and 1600km of fibre
Posted by JNeuhoff over 3 years ago
More taxpayer's money going to a private monopoly telecoms company who will then have full control and ownership over the new FTTC network assets. That can't be right.
Posted by AndrueC over 3 years ago
> That can't be right.

Well if there's any other companies that can provide what the councils want for a price they can afford then let them step forward. I know - why don't you petition the government to restart the BDUK process. Maybe the competition will do better this time around :-/
Posted by WWWombat over 3 years ago
If you prefer your broadband to be supplied by the public sector, you'd better relocate to South Yorkshire. Why wouldn't you want to be in God's own county, anyway?

Seriously though, the councils have their choice of the commercial models, and haven't been forced down this path. Yes - the pilot counties preferred this model, and the BDUK framework was drawn up to match, but the counties could all choose independently.
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