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Superfast broadband worth £5 billion to Suffolk

If superfast broadband roll-outs in Suffolk can turn £21m (£10 from BDUK, £11m from County Council) into a £5 billion boost to the local economy, then one must wonder why local authorities have waited for the seed funding from the BDUK.

Suffolk claims that it will be one of the first local authorites to start actual broadband rollout under the auspices of the BDUK projects, with the decision between Fujitsu and BT being made in the autumn, and actual deployment starting before the end of the year.

The plan for Suffolk while looking to meet the BDUK targets, also considers the ongoing EU targets for 2020, with work going on between 2015 and 2020 to make services of 100 Mbps widely available.


Perhaps the regions which are first with the fastest speeds might benefit from business growth, but I doubt that the growth will be universal as the speeds' coverage increases.

Unfortunately for Suffolk and the rest of the UK, London will always get preferential take up of business growth services. "Offices in London" selles better than "Offices in Ipswitch".

Ipswitch...Centre for IPv6 changover? :)

  • camieabz
  • over 8 years ago

Ipswich doesn't have a t in it, but I'm totally with you - they're missing a trick with a name like that, they could be the IP capital of the UK.

  • Kushan
  • over 8 years ago

"Suffolk claims that it will be one of the first local authorities to start actual broadband rollout under the auspices of the BDUK projects ..."

But isn't Suffolk affected by this spanner in the works said to be holding up BDUK projects?:

<a href="">Anger at Eurocrats for hold-up on broadband</a>

  • over 8 years ago

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 8 years ago

It is about time somebody did something for Suffolk, BT certainly are not over bothered.

  • professor973
  • over 8 years ago

Openreach have done a bang up job in my Suffolk village - done the whole place with 'superfast' fibre except the street where i live...not a happy bunny at all especially as they have no future plans to come back and upgrade the rest of us.

  • kremmen
  • over 8 years ago

£5bn per annum, over 10 or 20 years ? Idiocracy.

Suffolk's GDP is less than £20bn pa.

  • herdwick
  • over 8 years ago

Does this mean that all the 8mb exchanges will be upgraded. e.g. village exchanges

  • dom_bullion
  • over 8 years ago

Peter Cochrane lives in the County. He recently demonstrated how superfast 100mbps BB can boost business growth in rural areas. The SCC leader was so impressed by the real life business transforming examples used he is pushing for upping the goal from 10mbps to 100mbps. The audience heard that Far Eastern countries are working on 1000mbps BB. Examples were given of businesses closing or not starting in their 1st choice UK location-Suffolk-due to slow countywide BB. It is from these actual worldwide examples that the idea of a £5bn increase in business is possible with 100mbps availability.

  • BBSlowcoach
  • over 8 years ago

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