BT and Fujitsu to bid for Suffolk broadband contract
BT and Fujitsu have been invited to submit their bids for Suffolk's multimillion-pound super-fast broadband delivery contract.
The telecoms giants, which are the only two companies to enter the process, have been given until September 7th 2012 to file their applications and convince councillors they should be given the nod to carry out the infrastructure improvements.
Suffolk County Council (SCC) aims to extend super-fast broadband access to 90 per cent of the area by 2015, while the remaining ten per cent of homes and businesses have been promised a "significant increase" in the reliability and speed of their connection.
Once the bids have been filed, a cabinet meeting will be held on September 20th to discuss the applications, with the contract set to be awarded on October 8th.
Mark Bee, SCC's leader and chair of the Better Broadband for Suffolk campaign, said: "I'm thrilled by the progress we've made and look forward to seeing the results of all the hard work begin to materialise in the coming months."
The latest Ofcom figures show that just 29 per cent of Suffolk has access to super-fast broadband.