BT set to win Suffolk broadband contract after Fujitsu pulls out
BT looks set to win another multimillion-pound super-fast broadband contract after Fujitsu pulled out of the running to deliver Suffolk's project.
"We are not bidding for the Suffolk contract," a Fujitsu spokesman confirmed to the Eastern Daily Press this weekend.
With only BT and Fujitsu bidding for the contract, the development means BT is certain to be named as preferred provider by the Suffolk County Council cabinet next Monday (September 24th 2012).
A spokeswoman for the telecoms giant was unable to confirm the reports while negotiations with the council are still taking place and the local authority also offered no comment.
One element that is still thought to be under negotiation is whether BT will roll out fibre optic broadband to every home and business in Suffolk, or instead leave two to three per cent of properties having to rely on alternative methods of delivery.
The news comes just days after BT secured Norfolk's super-fast broadband contract, which aims to deliver next-generation connectivity to more than 80 per cent of premises.
Together, these agreements are considered vital to meeting the future communications demands of East Anglia.