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Another £2m to give more areas of Gloucestershire ultrafast broadband
Thursday 17 December 2015 10:06:17 by Andrew Ferguson

Gloucestershire has just started to see the 6,500 premises receive a Gigabit service from Gigaclear from a phase 2 contract and now another £2m has been handed down from Westminster to increase the level of ultrafast coverage in the county.

This new £2m is expected to be match funded locally and whoever gets the contract would also be expected to make some private investment and given Gigaclear has won previous work it seems fair to suggest they may be inline for this next contract that is likely to involve Cinderford, Coleford, Drybrook, Longhope, Lydbrook, St. Briavels and Whitecroft. Of course there is nothing stopping BT bidding and if it was to win a pure FTTP contract that would be a first.

Gloucestershire once the current Gigaclear roll-out completes will have ultrafast coverage of 40.7%, comprising 37.3% Virgin Media cable, 1% Openreach FTTP and 1.4% from Gigaclear. If we wanted to be pedantic we could use the Ofcom definition of ultrafast of 300 Mbps, when the coverage would be 1% + 1.4%, but as we expect Virgin Media to announce a 300 Mbps product in the next year there seems little point.

These next wave of premises form part of the Forest of Dean and the current coverage levels can be see on our checker where superfast broadband coverage at 30 Mbps or faster is at 60.1% currently (a rise of 13.6 percentage points in 2015). This does not include the existing Gigaclear contract which will be rolled into the system once the champagne has been popped from reaching the 90% superfast target, but we do include Gigaclear in the postcode search area.

Comments

Posted by ZenUser27 9 months ago
SO what do they do to "win" work? When you offer them 500 houses who have agreed to commit on a plate in a rural location near to these places they turn you down.
Posted by ahockings 8 months ago
Er... I'm in Devon trying to run a business over slow ADSL.
Can we have 2 million please?

Actually didn't Osborne give us 10 Million or something.
What happened to that?
House of Commons Christmas party I expect......

Posted by WWWombat 8 months ago
It takes time & effort to find the match funding, then time to put together a tender, time for co's to respond, time to sign, and time to deliver.

It looks like they might have a plan for £4m of the £10m:
http://www.b4rds.org/media/CDS%20Member%20Briefing%20Oct%202015.pdf
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