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BT looks set to win contract for better broadband in Suffolk

The East Anglian Daily Times that has been a driving force behind the demand registration schemes for better broadband in Norfolk and Suffolk is reporting that Fujitsu pulled out of the race for Suffolk at the weekend, and that BT will be confirmed as the winning bidder today.

The contract is worth £40m, though we will have to wait for the official announcement to learn how much BT is contributing towards the project, additionally the EDP reports that the precise technology mix for the project in Suffolk is still be decided, as in how far above the 90% level will superfast broadband be pushed into the county.

The original Fujitsu project announcements created a lot of coverage, but as time has progressed it has become clearer, that Fujitsu was not looking to do full FTTP to every home, but perhaps only those areas that took overall coverage to around 80%, leaving rural areas on alternative solutions that met the 2 Mbps USC. In that sense BT with its FTTC roll-out that can cover more properties for the same money, but with a lower top speed will appear much more attractive.

The BT project bids are often criticised, but if one stops concentrating on speed and looks at coverage, it would seem BT is the one to opt for. The EU and many critics may disagree but it is not clear if the average consumer cares, they just want a better service with minimal hassle.


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  • herdwick
  • over 8 years ago

Fujitsu pulling out? Well there's novelty...

  • fibrebunny
  • over 8 years ago

If you've got tenders one seeking maximum spread of coverage and the other maximum concentration of coverage then it seems to me you just might be trying to compare chalk and cheese. But in just plain politics, in the shires, surely the BT cheese spread is going to be the more palatable?

  • mervl
  • over 8 years ago

In a local discussion (Northmaptonshire) people were more inclined to BT because the ISP offering etc is well known and understood.

I still have no idea what the retail service would be under the BDUK "Framework"

  • herdwick
  • over 8 years ago


Don't follow? The retail service under BDUK framework is the same as the retail options in the commercial part of the country, i.e. WBC and LLU options. So Infinity, Sky Fibre, TalkTalk Fibre and all the others.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 8 years ago

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