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BT and Dorset to mobilise to push fibre broadband to 97% of county

The BDUK projects have had a lot of criticism but they are progressing and another county has signed its contract with BT, today saw Dorset County Council sign a £31.75 million deal that should see a mainly FTTC based roll-out make fibre based broadband available to 97% of homes and businesses in the county.

The £31.75 million is made up of £12.87m from BT, Dorset councils £9.44m, BDUK, £9.44m and there is another £1.3m to help ensure benefits are realised, which we believe means money that will be spent promoting the new services to people and businesses and digital inclusion training.

Dorset is not fairing too badly with the commercial roll-out already reaching over half the county, 190,000 properties have access to the GEA fibre products from Openreach and they plan to push this to 260,000 properties by the end of Spring 2014. The 97% target will not happen overnight and the press release suggests a timeline of around three and a half years.

What happens next:

  • Contract signed 10 July
  • Six to nine month mobilisation period
    • joint project team to be established
    • surveying for rollout
    • working with stakeholders to ensure they understand their role in ensuring a smooth rollout
  • End 2013/early 2014
    • announcement of first cabinets ready for service
  • Implementation in phases
    • Individual communities will be told it’s coming six months before delivery
    • communities will see surveying, new cabinet installation etc
    • communities will have the chance to find out what broadband can do for them etc
Timeline from BT/Dorset press release

The expectation at this time is that while 97% will be connected to a FTTC or FTTP based solution (yes some native FTTP may be deployed) that 95% will get connection speeds of at least 24 Mbps. The difference of 2% still seeing a significant uplift in speeds from their existing services. The remaining 3% of premises where any form of fibre based connection is not viable under the project should see some benefit from the project as the aim is to ensure that they can get broadband speeds of at least 2 Mbps.

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now there is a shock, poxy Bt again.
i wish that company would just cease to exist.

  • zyborg47
  • over 7 years ago

interesting View - wonder how youd get dial tone ISP choice broadband (unless your cable , or most other things that you rely on a daily basis that uses the BT Network --

  • fastman
  • over 7 years ago

I don't think you really put all your effort into that comment, fastman.

Unfortunately companies being what they are, and led by the people they are, the inevitable replacement(s) would act in a very similar if not identical manner.

Speaking of which, has the ex BT-turned minister guy managed to swing anything in their favour yet?

  • ElBobbo
  • over 7 years ago

"fibre broadband to 97% of county" ? At first I was surprised to read such a headline as genuine fibre broadband in the UK is probably below 1%. But then, reading the article, it turns out to be another misleadding description of a copper VDSL service only.

  • JNeuhoff
  • over 7 years ago

Its a description that Virgin started and the ASA are happy with so you are wasting your time, again....

  • GMAN99
  • over 7 years ago

@GMAN99: yet you, and many others, are still reading my posts :)

Most people are being mislead by using ASA-sanctioned misnomers, and have no clue what genuine fibre-broadband really means.

  • JNeuhoff
  • over 7 years ago

It's about time England's biggest county Devon got its ass in gear. We lag miles behind the rest of the country :-(

  • misterneil
  • over 7 years ago

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