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£1.43 Mllion from BDUK, which is match funded by the 6 Unitary Berkshire Authorities to a total of £2.86 Million,this will then hopefully be match funded by the winning tender (Openreach or Fujitsu) to just under
£6 million for Berkshire.
The project should go into procurement between Nov 2012 to March 2013 and should be completed no later then July 2013 as set out by BDUK beacuse of the EU delays.
The contact will be awarded between May-August 2013 this may be delayed depending on how long the delay in procurement will be but work will then begin and continue to 31/05/2015.
As for which areas will be first, it will be left to the winning company to procede wilth the rollout, so likely the largest rural populations first from the towns and then outwards.
What you can do now for the project if you live in Berkshire or know people that do is to register on the Superfast Berkshire website (Option on the top menu), all the results show up on the interactive map.
The purpose of registering shows the project team and any prospective companies the demand in the local areas and should influnce the rollout plan by the winning company.
The map breaks down into parishes for each of the main local authorities in berkshire so you can see which postcodes have been registering.
Residential, Business and Organsisations all need to register to show the demand to the market, in particular Busines registrations are very important to the project.
By registering it proves to the market that areas it deemed unviable to invest (white areas), are actually viable which causes the market to invest its own funds while the public funding for that area is returned to the pot to be used to extend the reach further.
So a example would be that cabinets inside of a large village will be paid for by the market, while those outside which are more expensive will use the public and market funding.
As for existing urban areas in Berkshire large amounts already have access to FTTC and Cable services, with continued infill of FTTC across exchanges that have had FTTC deployment.
Exchange only lines are a issue in many exchanges both urban and rural, for those in rural these should be covered by the project. As for Urban their are market plans which will likely happen in 2014 towards the end of the commerical rollout where it is viable.
Edited by ccxo (Tue 21-Aug-12 16:58:49)