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Gigabit fibre on way to Devon and Somerset in phase 2 roll-outs

After many delays the fate of the majority of the phase II BDUK areas in the Connecting Devon and Somerset project are now known.

The council previously rejected a BT Group bid and restarted the procurement process for the area meaning it is at the tail end for parts of the UK to start its phase II roll-out but the fate of four of the six lots is now known. Gigaclear has secured the contract to deliver Gigabit Fibre to the Home to some 35,225 premises in a contract with a value of £62.25 million and a completion date of by 2019.

"The announcement of these contracts represents one of the largest deployments of its type in the country and a major step forwards in the delivery of faster, future-proofed broadband across the region. The scheme demonstrates that alternative approaches can help us take superfast capability to the hardest to reach areas in Devon and Somerset, and I’m very pleased that Gigaclear will be coming to the region for the next phase of the Connecting Devon and Somerset rollout.

We have worked extremely hard to secure the greatest deal possible for our communities in terms of value for money and speed of broadband service. It also supports our earlier decision to re-engage in the market through an open procurement process.

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet member for Business, Inward Investment and Policy
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There are two outstanding lots (1 and 4) where the winner will be announced in January, Exmoor and Dartmoor are the hashed out areas where fixed wireless systems have previously won the work for phase II. An important point is that while the maps should a wide area, many of the locations already have a superfast service available, the phase II roll-out is intended to help significantly improve things for those that missed out with the original roll-outs in phase I.

We don't currently have a set of postcodes that will benefit from the Gigaclear roll-out, but the change in pure fibre coverage is significant as this should give Devon and Somerset around 6% FTTP coverage once complete and this is concentrated in the rural areas of the two counties. A summary for the current coverage levels in Devon and Somerset follows:

thinkbroadband calculation of Superfast Broadband Coverage in Devon and Somerset Constituencies - as of 18th December 2016
In ascending order of superfast coverage
Area % fibre based % superfast
Over 24 Mbps
% superfast
30 Mbps or faster
% Ultrafast
100 Mbps or faster
% Openreach FTTP % Under 2 Mbps USC % Under 10 Mbps USO
Central Devon 88.8% 71.4% 69.9% 0.7% 0.69% 5.7% 20.1%
Torridge & West Devon 86.1% 72% 70.5% 0.4% 0.38% 5.9% 20.1%
Tiverton and Honiton 86% 73.2% 71.3% 0.3% 0.27% 4.1% 16.6%
Somerton and Frome 91.3% 78.1% 76.6% 23.3% 0.15% 3.6% 14.6%
Totnes 91.3% 82.9% 81.4% 7.9% 0% 2% 8%
North Devon 91.9% 83.1% 81.4% 0% 0% 3.5% 11.9%
North East Somerset 89.7% 83.1% 81.8% 26.3% 0.15% 1.1% 7.3%
Bridgwater and West Somerset 92.2% 83.9% 82.9% 0.7% 0.61% 2.4% 9%
Wells 92.9% 84.1% 82.9% 0% 0% 1.2% 7.5%
Taunton Deane 90.9% 84.9% 83.1% 0.8% 0.72% 1.6% 8.5%
East Devon 92.5% 86.5% 85% 7.8% 0.47% 1.3% 5.7%
Newton Abbot 94% 88.5% 87.8% 41.9% 0.13% 1.3% 3.5%
Weston-Super-Mare 92.1% 88.7% 87.1% 1.2% 0.43% 0.2% 2%
Yeovil 95.7% 89.3% 87.4% 0.25% 0.2% 0.9% 5.3%
North Somerset 93.8% 89.4% 88.2% 43.5% 0.06% 0.5% 3.6%
South West Devon 94.8% 90.6% 89.8% 58.3% 0.57% 0.6% 5.9%
Bath 95.6% 95.1% 94.6% 36.8% 0.58% 0% 0.5%
Torbay 96.3% 95.7% 95.4% 55.9% 0% 0% 0.3%
Exeter 97.8% 97.6% 97.6% 93% 6.4% 0% 0.7%
Plymouth Sutton and Devonport 98.2% 98% 98% 93.2% 0% 0% 0.6%
Plymouth Moor View 99% 98.8% 98.7% 89.4% 0.08% 0.1% 0.4%

Update 11am The contract is made up of £43.8 million of investment from Gigaclear, and the balance being gap funding from CDS, this means the gap funding works out at £525 per premise passed and a total cost of £1,768 per premise passed. We are hopeful that once 2017 gets underway that detail on which premises will be delivered to in these four lots will be available.

The press release is now available on the Gigaclear website for those who want to read more on the contract.

Comments

Interesting announcement. That's a lot of money per property: £1,760. Total, not subsidy. That's higher than Gigaclear were allowing previously for BDUK projects (was £1,500) or for their commercial projects (was £1,000).

  • WWWombat
  • 10 months ago

I've just checked against the tender. The intervention area for the 4 lots was actually 53,000, so this project targets about two-thirds.

Weren't previous Gigaclear bids targeting 100%?

  • WWWombat
  • 10 months ago

My presumption is that CDS was aiming for the 95% target, and thus the contract should solve that.

There is a dotty map floating around, but believe its just intervention area rather than which will be served.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 10 months ago

I worked It out at over £2,000 per premise that to just pass the premise as well -- there will be some long drops so expect to see some hefty ECC's and places that don't get done

  • fastman
  • 10 months ago

£62.3 million divided by 35,225 premises gives £1,768 so how do you get over £2,000. Or you adding the install fees premise owner pays?

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 10 months ago

I see CDS are claiming this as the biggest single investment in full-fibre. I'm not convinced.

As @andrew notes, they might have forgotten that VM are spending £3bn, a significant portion of which is going to give full-fibre to 2 million homes.

KCOM have already reached 100,000 homes out of a target of 150,000, in a plan which is likely to be costing of the order of £70m.

Its great, absolutely ... but there's no need to dress it up with unearned superlatives.

  • WWWombat
  • 10 months ago

Biggest of the BDUK framework contracts in terms of FTTP - Cornwall was pre-framework.

Alas press releases rarely expand to give detail but are often simply produced to allow for easy copy/paste into news streams.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 10 months ago

Just remembered the 4% of Wales with FTTP is meant to be around 80,000 premises currently at 1.47% https://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/wales and the rest seems to be in build phase with it coming online in dribs and drabs.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 10 months ago

@fastman The alternative of FTTC means places dont get done even when "passed"(15% on average of the BDUK rollout, probably higher in rural areas)

  • gerarda
  • 10 months ago

andre my matchs must be a bit awry -- but not addendion connection charges but expect some of this to be horrendous (may even be thousands of punds - I'm sure they will not have fully surveyed the are so will be interesting to see how it maps out -- the drop to the premuises is always the hardest and some of thiese will be very long and veey hard

  • fastman
  • 10 months ago

ECC also stands for GEA-FTTP too, so maybe a panic in a teacup until we see the actual problems showing up.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 10 months ago

It is worth remembering that Gigaclear in common with VM build to a swept T at the edge of the property rather than BT's previous build out to the final splitter.

Drops are going to be shorter with that in mind. If building greenfield makes no sense to do it any other way.

  • CarlThomas
  • 10 months ago

So would this cover someone like me who is in a BT commercial area but too far from the cab?

  • ahockings
  • 10 months ago

You ought to be in the CDS intervention area, but that will depend on just how "too far" you are.

You might want to check Gigaclear's postcode checker to see if they have made plans yet.

  • WWWombat
  • 10 months ago

Checked it. Nothing so far. I'm 5.5 Km from the FTTC cab. Can only get 1.6Mbps ADSL.

  • ahockings
  • 10 months ago

What will be the affect on Truespeed if Gigaclear win Lot 1?

  • Somerset
  • 10 months ago

@ahockings
Unless you're in a reasonable sized cluster of properties in a similar situation, I doubt you will benefit from the recent CDS contract. Suggest you google "Community Fibre Partnership" as an alternative option.

  • New_Londoner
  • 10 months ago

@New_Londoner
Well there are 6 others right nearby and about 15-30 more around 500 - 800 metres away. All sub 2meg so I live in hope!

  • ahockings
  • 10 months ago

@ahockings
For its commercial deployments, Gigaclear reportedly looks for clusters of 400+ premises (could be spread across several villages). You may find my google suggestion worthwhile!

  • New_Londoner
  • 10 months ago

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