BT proposed as supplier of superfast broadband infrastructure in Northamptonshire

Telecommunications firm BT has been chosen by Northamptonshire County Council as the preferred supplier to deliver superfast broadband infrastructure across the county.

The decision will be subject to the approval of Cabinet and a report outlining the proposal will be heard at a meeting on Wednesday, February 13.

The county council wants 90 per cent of premises in the county to have superfast broadband, at speeds of 24Mbps and above, by the end of 2015.

The council is also aiming for all premises to able to access at least 2Mbps by then.

The speeds will be made possible by the deployment of Next Generation Access (NGA) infrastructure through the ‘superfast Northamptonshire’ project.

The county council plans to work with BT and local stakeholders to secure further funding in support of its ambition to achieve full NGA coverage by the end of 2017, which would support even higher access line speeds of 30Mbps and above.

Last year the county council announced that the superfast Northamptonshire Project was the fifth to receive the green light nationally to use the Government’s Broadband Framework, managed by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), to find an industry partner to co-invest in the county.

BDUK has allocated £4.08 million of funding for the Northamptonshire initiative and this will be matched by the county council.

Councillor Andre Gonzalez De Savage (Con, East Hunsbury), county council cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection, said: “I’m delighted that our plan to deliver superfast broadband throughout the county has reached this very significant stage.

“This will have huge advantages for Northamptonshire as it will allow the county to be a strong competitor in the global digital economy and allow everyone to have access to new and improved services that are increasingly available online.”

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