BT has announced yet another broadband contract, signing a £12m deal with Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire councils to bring broadband to 33,000 premises by 2016.
The deal is just one of many won by the firm as part of the wider Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) framework run by the government. As such the deal will see BDUK contribute funds of £2m to the deal.
BT will provide the bulk of the funding at £6.2m, while Milton Keynes Council is contributing £2.4m, Central Bedfordshire Council £1.2m and Bedford Borough Council £0.44m.
In total, 32,000 of the premises added to the rollout will be able to access superfast services of at least 24Mbps, while an additional 1,000 will be added to the network on speeds of at least 2Mbps.
Councillor David Hopkins, Milton Keynes Council cabinet member responsible for economic development, said the deal would have clear benefits for the region.
“Good broadband helps economic growth, and businesses and residents have told us that building a better and faster broadband service should be a priority. By signing this new contract, we’re well on the way to making superfast broadband a reality for many more people across the area’s towns and villages.”
The annoucement follows on the heels of a deal with Leicestershire council worth £16.9m to bring superfast broadband to an additional 80,000 premises in the area, following on from similar deals in Essex and Nottingham.
BT winning all these contracts is hardly surprising as it is the only telecoms firm bidding for contracts after Fujitsu announced it would not be entering the tender process. This led to major criticisms of the BDUK process for failing to generate competition and value for money.
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