Home
 » ISP News » 
Sponsored

Delayed GBP20m Hampshire UK Superfast Broadband Project Put to Tender

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 (7:59 am) - Score 559
hampshire uk map

The Hampshire County Council (HCC) has officially started the formal tender process to appoint a commercial ISP partner for its Hampshire Broadband Programme, which is estimated to be worth close to £20m and will aim to make superfast broadband (25Mbps+) speeds available to almost everybody by around the middle of 2016.

Readers might recall that Hampshire was originally part of a joint project with the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton but this appeared to flop after the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) office announced in May 2012 that the project had “withdrawn” from BDUK’s scheme (here).

Instead Hampshire re-developed its own plan, which is to be funded by £5m from HCC and another £5m from the BDUK office. The total figure of £10m is then expected to be matched by a private sector partner, which already looks almost certain to be BT.

At present some 80% of local homes and businesses are already expected to receive superfast broadband services through private sector investment. The public money will instead be used to help the last 20% of premises (115,000) where private investment is not expected to reach.

Councillor Ken Thornber, Leader of HCC, said:

This is a nationally co-ordinated programme and Hampshire is keen to get started. Hampshire has been given the Government go ahead to move to this next step and secure a commercial partner. Investment in faster broadband speeds is absolutely vital for our local communities and businesses to thrive and grow.

People desperately want access to this technology that will allow them to transform the way they do business and communicate. It is a major boost for homeworkers and will benefit families who use the internet for so many different things.”

Subject to the usual State aid approval (the EC has effectively already given the green light), it is expected that the contract will be awarded by the end of March 2013 (Q1) with work then expected to start on the first phase of a three year roll out programme in the Summer of 2013.

In other words the work might not complete until 2016, although this doesn’t mean they’ll miss the government’s 90% target by spring 2015 (i.e. the total roll-out could reach 100% in 2016).

Leave a Comment
2 Responses
  1. Avatar David

    How very vague. Can we have some clarity, please? “….will aim to make superfast broadband (25Mbps+) speeds available to almost everybody by around the middle of 2016.” And: “The public money will instead be used to help the last 20% of premises (115,000) where private investment is not expected to reach.”
    Can somebody explain what is meant by “Almost everybody” and “”help the last 20%”? As a Hampshire resident, am I to get NGA access by 2016, or not? If not, what’s being done about it?

    • The article does say that the first 80% will be done by the private sector, thus the public money will go towards the last 20%. The council will have to keep to the government’s 90% by spring 2015 target but the suggestion is that they’re also looking to reach closer to 100% by summer 2016, although it’s not clear what proportion of that last 10% will only get minimum speeds of 2Mbps.

Comments RSS Feed

Javascript must be enabled to post (most browsers do this automatically)

Privacy Notice: Please note that news comments are anonymous, which means that we do NOT require you to enter any real personal details to post a message. By clicking to submit a post you agree to storing your comment content, display name, IP, email and / or website details in our database, for as long as the post remains live.

Only the submitted name and comment will be displayed in public, while the rest will be kept private (we will never share this outside of ISPreview, regardless of whether the data is real or fake). This comment system uses submitted IP, email and website address data to spot abuse and spammers. All data is transferred via an encrypted (https secure) session.

NOTE 1: Sometimes your comment might not appear immediately due to site cache (this is cleared every few hours) or it may be caught by automated moderation / anti-spam.

NOTE 2: Comments that break our rules, spam, troll or post via known fake IP/proxy servers may be blocked or removed.
Cheapest Superfast ISPs
  • Hyperoptic £21.00 (*22.00)
    Avg. Speed 50Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • SSE £22.00
    Avg. Speed 35Mbps, Unlimited (FUP)
    Gift: None
  • xln telecom £22.74 (*47.94)
    Avg. Speed 66Mbps, Unlimited (FUP)
    Gift: None
  • Post Office £22.90 (*37.00)
    Avg. Speed 38Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Direct Save Telecom £22.95 (*29.95)
    Avg. Speed 35Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
Prices inc. Line Rental | View All
The Top 20 Category Tags
  1. BT (2555)
  2. FTTP (2300)
  3. FTTC (1688)
  4. Building Digital UK (1627)
  5. Politics (1462)
  6. Openreach (1445)
  7. Business (1277)
  8. FTTH (1131)
  9. Statistics (1119)
  10. Mobile Broadband (1070)
  11. Fibre Optic (987)
  12. Wireless Internet (932)
  13. Ofcom Regulation (931)
  14. 4G (927)
  15. Virgin Media (876)
  16. EE (607)
  17. Sky Broadband (602)
  18. TalkTalk (588)
  19. Vodafone (543)
  20. 3G (418)
Promotion
Helpful ISP Guides and Tips
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
Sponsored

Copyright © 1999 to Present - ISPreview.co.uk - All Rights Reserved - Terms , Privacy and Cookie Policy , Links , Website Rules , Contact