max temp: 11°C

min temp: 2°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: County to put another £1.4 million into broadband

09:26 18 September 2012

Logo for I

Logo for I'm Backing Better Broadband for Suffolk campaign


ANOTHER £1.4 million is to be invested in broadband by the county council in an attempt to boost coverage across Suffolk.


Next week’s cabinet meeting is expected to endorse the appointment of BT as the county’s preferred partner to bring superfast broadband to properties.

And the county is set to increase its invesment in the project from £10 to £11.7 million – a move which will attract matched funding from the government’s Broadband Development (BDUK) programme.

The extra £300,000 will come from district councils and other bodies in the county.

The move should clear the way for work to start on improving broadband coverage before the end of the year – and the roll-out should continue until early 2015.

The initial aim is to ensure that all properties in Suffolk should have broadband speeds of at least 2mbps (Megabips per second) and that 90% of properties should have speeds of at least 24mbps.

Ultimately the aim is that every property in Suffolk should have a broadband connection of at least 100mbps by 2020.

The EADT revealed on Monday that BT was the only bidder left in the process after Fujitsu pulled out of the bidding.

With its research laboratories at Adastral Park in Martlesham and its close relationship with the county with Customer Service Direct, BT was always seen as the favourite to land the Suffolk contract.

Norfolk County Council confirmed last week that BT would be its partner and the two counties have been working together on their broadband plans.

Related articles


1 comment

  • Its a shame that BBFS are having to waste time and more money getting everyone up to 2Mbitsec. This should have been a requirement put on BT by the government with BT having to come up with solutions to solve the problems on their network at their expense in a reasonable timescale. We can put satellites in orbit around Mars, land a Rover and then broadcast pictures back millions of miles to earth, but seem to be pretty incapable of setting up a relatively simple robust network (either fibre or wifi) on our home planet. Pretty pathetic really!

    Report this comment


    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

HGV drink-driver in court

A lorry driver carrying a trailer full of wine has admitted dangerous driving when weaving between lanes on the A14 while three times over the drink-drive limit.

Ipswich Park and Ride. Martlesham.

The two remaining park and ride sites in Ipswich could close in three years’ time if there is not a substantial increase in the number of motorists using them.

Dan Poulter with Lord Robert Winston

ES 18.3.11

Suffolk County Council’s cabinet training day at Elstree film studios in Hertfordshire has come under fire from Conservative MP and former minister Dr Dan Poulter.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A teenager must pay nearly £300 in fines and court costs after admitting being drunk and disorderly in Kesgrave.

Childhood obesity figures revealed

One in 10 Suffolk children will become obese or overweight before leaving primary school, new figures have revealed.

St Peter and St Mary's Church, Stowmarket, celebrates the opening of its Christmas tree festival. Pictured: Harry and Elena Brown.

The festive season officially arrived in Stowmarket tonight as the town celebrated the launch of its annual Christmas tree festival and lights switch-on.

Exercise is important in the battle against SAD

Seasonal Affective Disorder – or SAD – is a very real yet little understood condition that haunts millions every winter.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the East Anglian Daily Times e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24