£6.4 million to secure superfast for 4,000 premises in West Oxfordshire
Earlier in 2014 West Oxfordshire District Council announced the backing of Cotswold Broadband to deliver 100% superfast coverage for the scattered 4,000 or so premises in the council area that are outside the current BDUK project.
A few months later and Cotswold Broadband has announced that some £6.4 million of funding has been secured, £3.2 million of private money and £1.6 million from the BDUK, alongside the £1.6m from the council. The Invitation To Tender to actually construct the network will see sent out shortly and will appear in the usual Official Journal of the European Union.
"This is excellent news and a significant step towards our goal of achieving as close as possible to 100% broadband coverage in West Oxfordshire. We are delighted that the confidence that we and the Government have shown in this project is being matched by private investors."Cllr Richard Langridge, WODC Cabinet Member for Communities and the Local Economy
The promise of the network is that it will be largely FTTH/P based with a small amount of fixed wireless used to service those premises where delivering a full fibre connection would prove too costly. Cotswold Broadband would operate as the wholesale provider with retail broadband providers selling their services over the network. Construction is expected to start in March 2015 but obviously will depend on how the tender process goes.