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UPDATE2 BT and Gigaclear Bag £3m Wiltshire Deal to Deploy 100Mbps Broadband

Friday, June 16th, 2017 (11:51 am) by Mark Jackson (Score 662)
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Thousands of extra homes in the county of Wiltshire (England) look set to benefit after the local authority awarded a total of £3 million in extra public funding to BT and Gigaclear, which are both tasked with expanding the reach of their 100Mbps+ capable “fibre broadband” networks into rural areas.

Independent data from Thinkbroadband suggests that 89.7% of Wiltshire (excluding North and South Swindon) can already access a “superfast broadband” (24Mbps+) network and the raw “fibre” network footprint covers 97.2% (this also includes areas that only receive sub-24Mbps speeds), which has been helped by the joint state aid supported Wiltshire Online project between BT and the local authority (so far this has benefited 84,000 premises).

The project was then given a further boost in September 2015 when the council agreed to a £3.86m extension deal with Openreach (£2.46m from BDUK, £0.5m from Wiltshire Council and £0.9m from BT), which would expand the service to an extra 5,000 premises by the end of 2017 (here). This was followed in December 2016 by a third £2.8m deal (supported by Phase 1 BT clawback) to help another 5,000 premises (here).

However the latest deal, which is supported by £2m from Broadband Delivery UK and £1m from the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP, appears to end the total reliance on BT. Instead BT will extend their network to an unspecified number of additional premises and Gigaclear will build their Gigabit capable Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) network to reach 5,800 premises (all focused on North Wiltshire).

Joe Frost, Gigaclear’s Business Development Director, said:

“We’re looking forward to partnering with Wiltshire Council to bring ultrafast broadband to approximately 5,800 homes and businesses in the area. This will revolutionise daily life for so many people in these rural locations with up to 1000mbps for uploads and downloads, putting Wiltshire on the map as one of the best-connected counties in the UK. It also marks a fantastic milestone for Gigaclear as we continue to expand our pure fibre network across the country.”

Sadly there’s no solid information on the roll-out plan and we’re not told which technologies BT will use for their part, although it’s probably safe to assume that FTTP or G.fast will be deployed since the contract is for 100Mbps+ capable “ultrafast broadband“.

Paul Coles, BT’s Regional Director for the South West, said:

“The award of this contract recognises the confidence Wiltshire Council has in our ability to deliver ultrafast broadband across the county.

We’re committed to making high-speed fibre broadband as widely available as possible and, when our commercial roll-out is also included, more than 277,000 homes and business can access superfast broadband across Wiltshire today. Additionally, because the network is being installed by Openreach, local households and businesses can choose from more than 100 of the main [ISPs] offering competitive fibre broadband products.

We’re already delivering significant ultrafast broadband across Swindon, which can deliver speeds of up to 1 gigabit, and are delighted to have been selected by Wiltshire council to extend the reach of ultrafast across other parts of Wiltshire.”

Apparently the roll-out phase for this contract is due to start later in 2017 and a detailed plan should be unveiled “in due course“. Curiously the local authority has not provided a figure for the commercial contribution (such contracts are usually gap-funded models), although given Gigaclear’s past form we wouldn’t be at all surprise if their contribution is more than the public commitment combined.

Meanwhile a question mark remains over how much BT has contributed to the effort and how many premises they intend to target. Otherwise TBB predicts that Gigaclear’s commitment alone could raise the local “superfast broadband” coverage level by another 2.5 to 3% points.

UPDATE 4:38pm

Gigaclear has kindly informed ISPreview.co.uk that their contribution to the contract is an impressive £8 million, which as we predicted dwarfs the public funding.

As for the BT side of things, we’re still waiting to hear back from the council on that. However, we understand that it’s likely to be a mix of FTTC, FTTP and even a tiny bit of FTTrN, which reveals that it doesn’t all involve “ultrafast” infrastructure (both FTTC and FTTrN are currently VDSL2 based). The FTTP side is believed to reflect 2,156 premises from Openreach and we hope to have confirmation soon.

UPDATE 26th June 2017

The local authority has finally responded to confirm the details we requested. Firstly, Openreach’s deployment aims to pass around 3,200 premises and over 2,000 of those will be FTTP (as above), while the rest (over 1,000) will be via FTTC. There’s no mention of FTTrN this time but that technically falls into the same FTTC product box.

In terms of investment, Wiltshire CC said that BT’s NGA Network Build investment comes to approximately £1.7m and it’s also noted that Gigaclear are separately investing around £13m for their planned commercial roll-out in the county (this is on top of the £8m assigned for this project above).

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