BT has secured a contract worth just shy of £15m to roll out high-speed broadband across areas in Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull.
The deal will mean around 40,000 premises are added to its network in some of the harder to reach areas of the region, to ensure speeds of at least 2Mbps, although this is likely to be much higher, around 24Mbps and above.
The deal is made up of a series of funding grants, with £5.6m coming from BT itself, £4.45m from the Broadband Delivery UK framework and £4.45 million from the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire (CSW) Broadband group.
Warwickshire County Council’s deputy leader, councillor Alan Cockburn, welcomed the completion of the deal as a major boost for the area. “This is a major landmark in securing the future competitiveness of our area,” he said.
“Our rural businesses need broadband to be able to compete in today’s increasingly global environment, and in a rural area like Warwickshire travelling can often be difficult, so that being able to work or learn from home can make a real difference to the quality of people's lives.”
The deal is just one of many won by BT in recent months as it is the only firm bidding for the available contracts. Recently it won a deal in East Sussex to the tune of £35.44m, while it also won deals in Staffordshire worth £27.4m, and one for £20m in West Sussex.
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