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BT wins phase 2 broadband contract in Essex
contract to deliver better broadband to Essex has been awarded to BT.BT has been awarded a contract to carry out the second phase of work designed to bring superfast broadband to Essex, it has been announced.
Subject to approval later this week by the Broadband Delivery UK team, the telecoms provider will sign an agreement to connect up a further 51,000 homes and businesses to better internet, the Essex Chronicle reports.
Essex County Council wants 95 per cent of premises in Essex to have access to download speeds of 24Mbps by the end of 2017 as part of the Superfast Essex programme.
The current phase one BDUK contract with BT and other commercial deployments is due to deliver superfast broadband to 87.4 per cent of premises in the county by the end of August 2016 and phase two will build on this, particularly in rural areas.
Essex County Councillor Kevin Bentley said: "Essex aspires to become one of the best connected counties in the UK and this is the next step in helping us to achieve this aim."
BT spokesperson Bill Murphy added that he is "pleased" for the company to have been selected as the preferred partner for the initiative.