Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS)

Connecting Devon and Somerset is an ambitious programme bringing improved and superfast broadband to areas that would otherwise see no investment. It encompasses the six local authority areas of Devon, Torbay, Plymouth, Somerset, North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset and is funded by Central Government (£32m) and Devon and Somerset Councils (£21m), including a 42m investment from our partner supplier BT.

 

Connecting Devon and Somerset will deliver broadband (greater than 2Mbps) for all and superfast broadband (greater than 24Mbps) to at least 90% of premises; both by the end of 2016, aiming for 100% superfast broadband coverage by 2020.

 

More detailed information and updates about the delivery of superfast broadband is available via http://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk

 

For all enquiries, suggestions and comments please email the Somerset & Devon County Council CDS Project team: broadband@devon.gov.uk

 

How are they going to do it?

 

They will mostly be using Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC). This is where broadband is delivered from the telephone exchange through fibre optic cables to new green cabinets, placed alongside existing roadside cabinets. From there, copper cables will connect to each premises that is linked to that cabinet.

 

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) may also be used in certain areas. Here, fibre optic cables are used to connect a property directly to the telephone exchange with no cabinet or copper in between. Alternative solutions are also being explored for properties in the hardest to reach areas. Such solutions may include wifi, satellite or even technologies still under development.

 

South Somerset's Economic Development Team supports the CDS project and continues to provide local intelligence and useful information on future development plans in the District to maximise the benefits of improved connectivity.

 

Current progress of the CDS project

 

The first phase of the project to deliver broadband (greater than 2Mbps) for all and superfast broadband (greater than 24Mbps) to at least 90% of premises is on target to be completed by the end of 2016. In February 2014 it was announced that local projects around the UK would receive additional funding from a £250 million pot, with the hardest to reach locations amongst those who stand to benefit most. This was named the Superfast Extension Programme (SEP) and is the next step in the Government's programme. SEP represents a further £250 million investment with an ambition to extend Superfast Broadband to 95 per cent of the UK by the end of 2017.

 

In June of 2015 the bid by BT for a £35m contract to provide the SEP of broadband access to people in Devon and Somerset was rejected. The Connecting Devon and Somerset partnership said BT's best offer did not meet value for money standards, and that it had now reissued the tender for the work. It also said the company could not meet a target of achieving 95% superfast broadband coverage by the end of 2017.

 

For the latest news, see the CDS 'latest news' webpage at:

 

  http://www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/category/latest-news/