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New £4.44m Contract Set to Rollout Full Fibre in South Essex UK

Monday, June 22nd, 2020 (7:45 am) - Score 1,361
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The Thurrock Council has announced that a contract for delivery of the £4.436 million state aid funded Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) build across South Essex, which aims to connect 129 public sector sites across Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford and Thurrock with gigabit capable broadband, will soon be awarded.

The project, which actually combines two elements – the roll-out of a new “full fibre” network and a related Wide Area Network (WAN) re-procurement – is currently running behind schedule due to delays caused by last year’s General Election (purdah). Nevertheless the contract for delivery of the LFFN project looks likely to be awarded to MLL Networks via the Suffolk Cloud Partnership Agreement (anchor tenant).

NOTE: Southend-on-Sea is excluded as Cityfibre are already covering that area (here).

The Thurrock sites within this programme account for around 70% of the Thurrock WAN (78 sites) and indeed a key part of the LFFN business case for this deployment is that the UK Government (DCMS) expect their investment to drive WAN savings. Some of the public sector sites set to benefit include schools, GP surgeries, care homes and village halls etc.

In the future, provided more private investment can be found, then the new network could also be harnessed by other ISPs to help spread gigabit-capable FTTP broadband into local homes and businesses.

Cllr Rob Gledhill , Thurrock Council’s Leader, said:

“In this digital age and during the current coronavirus pandemic, it is more crucial than ever that residents and businesses have the best possible connectivity and this infrastructure programme is a vital step in enabling gigabit broadband across the borough.

These works deliver some of the fastest broadband connections in the UK to schools, community services and care facilities across South Essex. The power of connectivity is continuing to shape the way we work, live and play more than ever, and so it is very important that we continue to lead and innovate in the future.

The work that ASELA has already undertaken shows the very positive impact that collaborative working and talking across district and borough boundaries can have for the residents of south Essex.”

Assuming all goes to plan then the new full fibre network and WAN should be completed by the end of May 2021.

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3 Responses
  1. Avatar Samuel says:

    ..and just to the east in Tendring, Essex we literally have no FTTP only FTTC (which is terrible for the most part)

    1. Avatar Andrew Ferguson says:

      £4.4m to connect 139 sites in Thurrock.

      Tendring District council area already has more more fibre in terms of number of premises (Openreach and OFNL) than that 139.

      The thing to remember is that this is mainly about the council network with a vague hope of further roll-out to residential at a later date.

    2. Avatar Fastman says:

      Samuel Really

      Tending has significant FTTC probably close to 95% > 30 m/bps and most of tending primary exchanges such as frinton and clacton have had FTTC since 2012/13. little clacton and Holland done under BDUK – also some FTTP extemity work done by BDUK)

      really interested where in Tendring you are – you have to be very unlucky to have poor FTTC (unless you were in an area that excluded it self from possible BDUK intervention)

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