Devon and Somerset running gainshare consultation
Connecting Devon and Somerset has a public consultation running on where it should be spending its gainshare money as a result of the phase one contract it has with BT. The consultation has two aims, learn about plans from providers in the area that cover the next three years and for members of the public to make sure that anomalies that they know about locally are conveyed to the team that might otherwise not be obvious. The consultation runs until 26th April and details including a long list of postcodes is on the CDS website.
The FAQ reveals that the £4.8m to £6.8m (upper figure represents an extra £2m that may be available once another check of the phase one take-up levels has took place) and that full fibre (FTTP) connectivity is what CDS is aiming to provide via a roll-out of native GEA-FTTP by Openreach.
The priority will be given to areas where connectivity is sub 15 Mbps currently and the usual value for money criteria, so the money might deliver 2,800 to 4,000 premises if cost to deliver is £1,700 but the number of premises could rise if small villages rather than more spread out premises are service, so maybe we could see an extra 7,000 premises.
For those passed by the phase one contract but distance to the cabinet means connections speeds remain under 15 Mbps even when you have upgraded to VDSL2 (FTTC) then you will still be considered in this roll-out.
Our map of the current Openreach FTTP footprint in Devon and Somerset has been growing steadily, with a mixture of finishing off phase one work and new premises being built with access to FTTP. Remember that Gigaclear has a number of contracts to deliver full fibre in the CDS area so those locations will be excluded, and similar for the AirBand fixed wireless contract areas.