Dorset signs £32 million deal with BT to expand fibre broadband network
The Dorset County Council is all set to expand its fibre-optic based broadband services further, aiming to cover 97% of the county, over the next three and a half years. The county in central southern England, has signed a new deal with BT, supported by state aid and the deal is worth £31.75 million. Some £12.87 million comes from BT. Another £9.44 million is contributed by local authorities and BDUK will add an equal £9.44 million. A further £1.3 million is being invested by the councils to maximise the network.
BT hopes to give broadband speeds of 25Mbps+ to 95% of the premises and between 2Mbps to 24Mbps to the last 3 – 5% of premises. BT Openreach will start surveying the region during the autumn of this year. The locations to get fibre broadband first will be announced by the year end. Leader of Dorset County Council, Spencer Flower, hailed it as a major step forward for the county and that it will give Dorset the competitive edge it badly needs.