Phase 2 Update
As part of our commitment to provide superfast broadband to residents, businesses and communities, we have signed contracts with Ultrafast broadband provider Gigaclear for Lots 2, 3, 5 & 6 of six Phase 2 areas. The new phase two partners include the suppliers for each Lot along with Sedgemoor District Council, Mendip District Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council, West Somerset District Council, Teignbridge District Council, North Somerset District Council, Bath & North East Somerset, Devon County Council and Somerset County Council, who are acting as the lead authority.
Combined, the current contracts will deliver a £62.25m investment, bringing ultrafast services to an additional 35,225 of the hardest to reach homes and businesses across the region. CDS will announce the remaining two contracts for Lots 1 & 4 when they are awarded.
The new Gigaclear contracts constitute the largest full fibre rollout in the UK, and will allow homes and businesses access to speeds of up to 1Gbps.
We are currently working with Gigaclear to finalise the planning and timescales from the baseline proposed coverage submitted as part of the contract tender, but to check if you are in the baseline coverage (subject to the current planning) please visit the Gigaclear website and enter your postcode in the checker. CDS will look to provide detailed coverage information of the phase two roll out available as soon as it is planned and confirmed.
Below is a map of the Lots for reference.
The National Parks roll out is already underway, with broadband supplier Airband Community Internet Ltd installing its transmission point infrastructure to connect the most rural regions via a fixed wireless network.
We have produced a list of frequently asked questions regarding both our Phase 1 and Phase 2 programmes, and how the two align going forward. This includes questions relating to coverage and mapping. Please see FAQs for more details.
The 6 Lots and National Park Areas
After being awarded State Aid approval from the EU in May, the agreed Phase Two intervention area has been divided up into six lots, to enable a more competitive tender process. The 6 lot areas are shown in the below map. The hashed areas represent the two regions covered by the separate national park contract with Airband Community Internet Ltd.
An audit of the phase two procurement undertaken in 2015 can be found here.
Output from Feb 15 OMR [download 490 kb]
Public reference versions of the ITT documents are published here.