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Updata's Dorset LLU Broadband Deal
By: MarkJ - 08 March, 2005 (1:08 PM)

Updata has won a local loop unbundling (LLU) provision contract worth 4.7m with Dorset County Council. The deal aims to provide a managed SDSL broadband service for up to 29 of Dorset's 75 exchanges:

The five-year contract will provide symmetrical DSL services (SDSL) at speeds of between 2 and 10 Meg to 243 council buildings, including 193 schools and 34 libraries, in the first year. More than 100 additional council buildings have been earmarked for connection in the following year. Small businesses in broadband blackspots will also be able to hook to the service.

Updata has now unbundled - or is in the process of unbundling - 70 exchanges across the country under eight public sector projects including agreements with Bedfordshire, North Somerset and Pembrokeshire. According to its own projections, it should have unbundled around 100 exchanges by late summer.

Updata also speaks of improvements to local loop unbundling following recent price and process changes, which have reduced the amount of red tape involved. More @ The Register.

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