BT and Fujitsu invited to bid for South Glos broadband contract

Friday, July 20th 2012
South Gloucestershire Council is inviting bids for its broadband contract.
BT and Fujitsu invited to bid for South Glos broadband contract
BT and Fujitsu have been given the green light to compete for South Gloucestershire Council's super-fast broadband contract.

The two telecoms giants were selected by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for the national Broadband Delivery UK framework, meaning they are authorised to bid for publicly funded broadband schemes.

Swindon, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire councils have teamed up for their joint broadband project and are now inviting tenders from the companies.

Regional procurement is being led by Wiltshire Council, with total capital investment standing at £23 million.

John Goddard, chair of South Gloucestershire Council's resources subcommittee, said: "High-speed internet connections are vital for South Gloucestershire's economic future, promoting business growth and encouraging inward investment."

Research indicates that there is a strong business case for investing in South Gloucestershire's broadband infrastructure, he added.

According to the latest Ofcom figures, three-quarters of properties in the district are already able to access super-fast broadband services.

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