Superfast broadband roll-out planned for more areas in UK

Sunday, March 10th 2013

BT has signed the Connecting Cambridge contract worth £45 million. It aims to provide 98% of businesses and homes across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire by 2015 end, with superfast broadband (28Mbps) connectivity. BT Openreach will take up the project and is expected to contribute £16 million, with the rest coming from Peterborough City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and Broadband Delivery UK (contributing £6.75 million). BT will expand its FTTC based network, capable of up to 80 Mbps, and the FTTP fibre-optic ISP network into areas left off by the private sector.
Another project is the £425 million worth upgrade to provide 96% of premises in Wales with superfast broadband. The European Commission has confirmed contributing £90 million to expand superfast broadband across west Wales and the valleys. £58 million will be contributed by the Welsh government and a similar contribution from the UK government is also expected. Download speeds of up to 80Mbps will be offered from the measly 5-6 Mbps currently available.
 To provide superfast broadband to rural Berkshire, the Superfast Berkshire project will get nearly £3 million. Of now, £1.43 million has been pledged by the government and similar amounts would be contributed by the 6 parish and unitary councils. Consultation is going on to finalise the plan with private providers to cover vast areas, aiming 90% of Berkshire.

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