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BT wins Cambridgeshire and Peterborough broadband deal

05 Feb 2013
Fibre broadband strands

BT has won another rural broadband rollout contract, this time from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, as the firm continues to hoover up contracts.

The deal was announced on Monday and will see the firm provide services of at least 2Mbit/s to all residents by 2015, with at least 90 percent able to access 24Mbit/s or above by the same date.

The deal was secured with the help of £20m from Cambridgeshire County Council to £3m from Peterborough City Council and £6.75m government funding from Broadband Delivery UK.

A total of 24,000 homes and businesses from across the two regions voiced their support for faster broadband access to help secure the deal.

Cambridgeshire County Council leader, councillor Nick Clarke said the decision to invest the money was the right one for the areas as it would help generate longer-term financial benefits.

"We are making a significant investment at a time when public finances are under pressure but this is the right thing to do for the people and businesses of Cambridgeshire - for now and in the long term," he said.

"Investing in better broadband is vital to driving local economic growth and building thriving, connected communities across our county. Better broadband connections will also ensure that our rural communities are not left out of the digital world so that people can get access to all the education, health and public services they need without having to travel."

The deal has not been finalised yet, with the contract signing expected to take place in March 2013 once the procurement process has been completed.

Once that has taken place a schedule for the rollout will be drawn up and led by BT.

The deal is the latest win for BT after numerous others deals signed with councils including Cumbria worth £51m and £36m with Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire.

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Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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