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BT chosen as preferred bidder for Herefordshire and Gloucestershire project

The news that BT is now the preferred bidder for the Borders project that covers Herefordshire and Gloucestershire is really no surprise, but with deadlines looming going with the devil you know rather than the other devil is to be expected.

There is now a 10 day lull during to procurement rules, at which point the awarding of the contract to BT will be confirmed and more details released on the project.

Fujitsu in areas where it has actively bidden for BDUK/local authority work is facing the problem that the visible profile of their network is small, and only two of the six major providers ever proclaimed a desire to use the wholesale network.


That was obvious. so Bt get more tax payers money.
I hate BT.

  • zyborg47
  • over 7 years ago

Gloucs County Council have trumpeted this as being great for rural areas even though BT has no FTTC plans for a semi-urban exchange serving some 6000 households inbetween Cheltenham and Gloucester. Who fills this gap?

  • alwall
  • over 7 years ago

The BDUK projects are aimed at filling gaps by incentivising BT to extend their plans, does the project not intend to cover this location ? have you waved your arms at the relevant people ?

  • herdwick
  • over 7 years ago

No, the reply I've had says that they are focussing on rural communities. It ended by telling me to contact BT!

  • alwall
  • over 7 years ago

@alwall While a council may try to target 100% of its rural properties with superfast, leaving out the suburban ones missed by Openreach. The price per home of enabling the suburban ones means if they want to meet targets they will do the areas like the one you suggest.

It may be that Openreach has a plan to do your exchange, but not announced, one more batch of commercial exchanges is due from Openreach

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 7 years ago

The actual service to be guarenteed in this contract is 2mb for something like 90%. As most of the affected households already get this, it is money for old rope. What we on the rural exchanges in Gloucestershire need is FTTC at least. The trouble is there are so few exchanges and so much overhead copper it is unlikely to happen too soon.

  • fredforest
  • over 7 years ago

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