BT Openreach has announced yet another deal with a local authority to rollout superfast broadband, with Surrey County Council signing a £33m with the firm to bring fibre internet to the region.
The deal will see the firm offer speeds of up to 80Mbit/s, with plans to go to 330Mbit/s in the future. Roughly 90,000 premises are expected to be hooked up to the network once it is made available for 2014.
As the network is being installed by Openreach will be offered on a wholesale basis to other providers in the market, such as BT Retail, Sky and TalkTalk.
The majority of the rollout will include fibre to the cabinet connections although harder to reach locations will require alternative technologies. V3 contacted BT to ask what this would entail but had received no reply at time of publication.
Surrey's deputy leader Peter Martin claimed the rollout could bring £28m a year to the regional economy.
"This will be a great boost for business, from start-ups in small offices through to multi-nationals. It can be crucial to the continued success of Surrey businesses and a huge attraction to those looking to move in," he said.
"Fast and reliable web access is essential to our daily lives and by stepping in we're also making sure no Surrey communities are disadvantaged."
The contract is one of several BT has won in recent months including a deal with the Welsh government worth £425m to rollout services in the country and a deal in North Yorkshire to bring services to the region.
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