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North Yorkshire to spend £20.5m to add five per cent superfast broadband coverage

The details of the phase three BDUK contract in North Yorkshire are now known and while the locations are not known for who will precisely benefit i.e. where the 14,239 premises are with superfast coverage at 90.1%[1] in the local authority areas and the number being helped adding another 5% it is a fifty fifty lottery this time. A list of communities expected to benefit is expected in April, but as previously just because a community is mentioned it does not automatically mean that everyone in that community will benefit. The contract a public funding value of GBP20.5 million[2] and is split with GBP12m from the local authority, GBP7.3m from BDUK, GBP1m from ERDF and an additional GBP9.2m from BT.

With take-up in the area running at a reported 50% (this is higher than the national average) we presume that some of the value of this contract or BT contribution is down to gainshare and effeciency savings from the previous two phases. The phase two project ended at the end of December 2017, but we are still seeing some activity which is not unusual as there are always a few cabinets held up or FTTP areas that take longer than originally planned. The really good news is the Openreach and North Yorkshire has got the news that full fibre is the fashion as some 12,500 out of the 14,239 are going to be full fibre (FTTP) based, which explains the fairly high per premise funding of GBP1430.

Openreach via a mixture of new build and the North Yorkshire project already has a 2.8% FTTP presence and when other operators are included this rises to 3.2%.

The final 5% are apparently being considered and additional investment may be made to shrink that number some more by the time this phase three contract ends in 2021.

We have mentioned in the past that new build activity can mess up the percentage target plans, hence why the majority of projects headline with the number of premises delivered, and if the same level of property construction happens in the next three years as did in 2014/15/16 then North Yorkshire is set to grow by around 4,500 premises and unless 95% of those premises are built with superfast access it will mess up any ambition to see a 95% superfast coverage figure in 2021.

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  2. ^ contract a public funding value of GBP20.5 million (www.northyorks.gov.uk)
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More High Speed Broadband for North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire County Council and its wholly-owned company NYnet have signed the contract for phase three of its Superfast North Yorkshire (SFNY) project with Openreach, the business responsible for Britain’s largest phone and broadband network. The contract will deliver superfast broadband coverage with speeds of more than 30Mbps to an additional 14,239 homes and businesses in North Yorkshire. In partnership with Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), the Government’s broadband delivery programme, and the EU, the council is to be the principal funder of the GBP20.5m phase three.

The contract will receive funding of GBP12.1m from the County Council, GBP7.3m from BDUK and GBP1m from the European Regional Development Fund. Openreach will invest a further GBP9.2 million to deliver the new infrastructure. This latest phase of the roll-out will mean that 95 per cent of all homes and businesses in the county will have access to superfast broadband.

At the completion of phase two of the Superfast North Yorkshire project at the end of December 2017, about 90 per cent of properties in the county could receive superfast broadband.

12,500 of the phase three connections will benefit from having fibre optic cables linked directly to the property, capable of ultrafast speeds up to 1Gbps – enough to stream 200 HD movies at the same time. The news comes as take-up of superfast broadband in phase one premises funded by Superfast North Yorkshire has risen above 50 per cent, 15 per cent ahead of the national average take-up. Councillor Don Mackenzie, the County Council’s Executive Member for Broadband, said:

“The outcome of the phase three procurement is remarkable and puts the quality of broadband provision to some of our most remote communities on to a new, much higher level.

It is very good news indeed for those residents who have been waiting patiently for SFNY to get to them and their patience is likely to be rewarded with some of the best broadband quality in the country. Openreach will now be compiling a list of communities, which are likely to be included in the phase three programme and which we expect to be able to publish in April. The council and SFNY will consider further additional investment in superfast for the residual five per cent of premises likely to be excluded from the phase three list, so that they too have the possibility of receiving high quality broadband between now and 2021, when phase three concludes.”

Steve Haines, managing director of Next Generation Access for Openreach, said:

“This major investment is a vital new chapter in the story of rolling out high-speed fibre broadband across North Yorkshire.

A massive amount has already been achieved since the Superfast North Yorkshire partnership was launched six years ago with 90 per cent of households and businesses now able to access superfast broadband across the county. Research shows that the first phases of the contract have already added GBP7 to the North Yorkshire economy for every GBP1 invested by Superfast North Yorkshire. However, we recognise the need to continue building on this success.

As we reach further into the most remote areas, the challenge becomes greater, but we are committed to rolling out both superfast and ultrafast broadband as far as possible.

This third phase will run the length and breadth of the county, reaching many of the remaining communities most in need of high-speed broadband.”

More of North Yorkshire to get high speed broadband

North Yorkshire County Council and its wholly-owned company NYnet have signed the contract for phase three of its Superfast North Yorkshire (SFNY) project with Openreach, the business responsible for Britain’s largest phone and broadband network.

The contract will deliver superfast broadband coverage with speeds of more than 30Mbps to an additional 14,239 homes and businesses in North Yorkshire. In partnership with Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), the Government’s broadband delivery programme, and the EU, the council is to be the principal funder of the GBP20.5m phase three. The contract will receive funding of GBP12.1m from the County Council, GBP7.3m from BDUK and GBP1m from the European Regional Development Fund.

Openreach will invest a further GBP9.2 million to deliver the new infrastructure. This latest phase of the roll-out will mean that 95 per cent of all homes and businesses in the county will have access to superfast broadband. At the completion of phase two of the Superfast North Yorkshire project at the end of December 2017, about 90 per cent of properties in the county could receive superfast broadband.

12,500 of the phase three connections will benefit from having fibre optic cables linked directly to the property, capable of ultrafast speeds up to 1Gbps – enough to stream 200 HD movies at the same time. The news comes as take-up of superfast broadband in phase one premises funded by Superfast North Yorkshire has risen above 50 per cent, 15 per cent ahead of the national average take-up. Councillor Don Mackenzie, the County Council’s Executive Member for Broadband, said: “The outcome of the phase three procurement is remarkable and puts the quality of broadband provision to some of our most remote communities on to a new, much higher level.

“It is very good news indeed for those residents who have been waiting patiently for SFNY to get to them and their patience is likely to be rewarded with some of the best broadband quality in the country.” “Openreach will now be compiling a list of communities, which are likely to be included in the phase three programme and which we expect to be able to publish in April. “The council and SFNY will consider further additional investment in superfast for the residual five per cent of premises likely to be excluded from the phase three list, so that they too have the possibility of receiving high quality broadband between now and 2021, when phase three concludes.”

Steve Haines, managing director of Next Generation Access for Openreach, said: “This major investment is a vital new chapter in the story of rolling out high-speed fibre broadband across North Yorkshire. “A massive amount has already been achieved since the Superfast North Yorkshire partnership was launched six years ago with 90 per cent of households and businesses now able to access superfast broadband across the county. Research shows that the first phases of the contract have already added GBP7 to the North Yorkshire economy for every GBP1 invested by Superfast North Yorkshire.

However, we recognise the need to continue building on this success. “As we reach further into the most remote areas, the challenge becomes greater, but we are committed to rolling out both superfast and ultrafast broadband as far as possible. This third phase will run the length and breadth of the county, reaching many of the remaining communities most in need of high-speed broadband.”

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References

  1. ^ Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale local news (www.strayfm.com)