BT has confirmed yet another deal under the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) framework, this time winning a deal worth £19m in Northumberland, which will see it rollout 660km of new fibre broadband connections in the rural region.
The deal is one of many won by the telecoms giant in recent months after its only main rival Fujitsu pulled out of the bidding process, effectively leaving BT to sweep up all the contracts up for grabs.
Funding for the project is made up of a number of areas including £7m from the local county council, £7m from the BDUK pot and £3m from BT itself.
The Northumberland rollout will see 91 percent of homes and businesses given access to its fibre network enabling speeds of 80Mbit/s on fibre to the cabinet deployments and 330Mbit/s on fibre to the premise connections.
Local leaders said they hope the rollout will bring an economic boost to the region by enabling more remote working and digital businesses to operate in the region.
“This is an important step in the campaign to bring faster broadband speeds to every home, business and school in Northumberland,” said Kate Roe, Northumberland County Council’s deputy chief executive.
“Working with BT we will be announcing the installation schedule in the coming months and communities across the county can look forward to improved access to online services and better connectivity for businesses from 2014 onwards."
The deal comes after BT confirmed it had passed 15 million properties in the UK with its own rollout of fibre broadband to help reach two-thirds of the UK by spring 2014.
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