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Northamptonshire broadband plan approved

  • Wednesday, December 21, 2011 12:59 PM

Northamptonshire is racing ahead in the BDUK competition. Its previously submitted local broadband plan for the county has been approved, which means the procurement programme will start in May 2012. The actual work to implement the service is expected to begin by the end of 2012.

"High broadband speed will have huge advantages for Northamptonshire as it will allow the county to be a strong competitor in the global digital economy and allow everyone to have access to new and improved services that are increasingly available online.

This announcement is a significant step towards everyone having these fast internet speeds and this means we are well on schedule to meet our targets for the initiative.

In the increasingly competitive global economy it is essential that superfast broadband is widely available and indeed when people are looking to locate either their business or home, fast internet speeds are at the top of the list."

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection

This approval will unlock the £4.08 million of BDUK funding, which is also matched by the county council, and as part of the tendering process the bids from private companies will be expected to provide similar match funding. The broadband plan is aiming to bring broadband at speeds of 30 Mbps and faster to 90% of premises by 2015, and subsequent work will increase this to 100% by 2017. The number of premises thought to be likely to benefit is some 60,000 across the mainly rural areas of the county.


Quite what this means is unclear. Does it mean that the basic plan is aproved and it will now go out to tender or does it mean the tender has been awarded and procurement will begin? Eithway why the 4 month wait?

  • Bob_s2
  • over 9 years ago

It means the basic plan is approved, so now the plan will be finalised and details on precisely what the bidders will be bidding over are to be firmed up.

This is the normal pace of these sorts of things.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 9 years ago

They don't rush do they? I can understand that plans have to be firmed up, ITTs have to be written, responses waited for, evaluated etc but good grief! No actual work until this time next year?

  • JHo1
  • over 9 years ago

Probably means that the funding will be handed over to BT to put more cabinets in and subsidise satellite or BET connections for the peasants in the rural areas. Just like most other councils are doing. And it will all be to do again in a few years. Patching up a phone network is not the solution, but I guess in these straightened times its the best they can think of. Sad but understandable.

  • cyberdoyle
  • over 9 years ago

"straitened" :-) Sorry.

But you're quite right.

  • JHo1
  • over 9 years ago

If this puts Northampton ahead goodness knows what is happening with the other schemes. Basically all they are doing is to move to an Invetation to Tender and they will take 4 months to do that. It could be years before anything comes of it.

Normally with this sort of things you put them out to tender and once you have identified the preferred tenderer you then firm up the detail

I get the impression that councils are using BDUK funding for a job creation scheme rather than a Broadband scheme

  • Bob_s2
  • over 9 years ago

plan approved ny BDUK (stage 1) this is really important as at the end of the procurement you have to make a state aid application - i assume this will be checked against the Approved plan to ensure no use of public funded on non Market Failure Areas --. Once the BDUK framework is completed tihere will be a pre approved number of providers (with defined terms, Sechedules and services) which shuod allow a council to complete its procurement from start to fininsh in around 4 months (assuming what they procure is consistent with the plan

  • fastman
  • over 9 years ago

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