8th February 2017 - Phase 3 OJEU Procurement ITT Issued
Superfast Berkshire has received approval from BDUK and issued an OJEU Contract Notice and ITT seeking solutions for the remaining 15,000 Berkshire properties that currently have speeds below 24 Mbps. Final bids from potential suppliers are expected to be received by the beginning of June and contracts awarded by the end of July that should see further expansion between 2017-2019. Further information and future updates will be published on the Superfast Berkshire project website.
17th November 2016 - Call Flow Solutions now live
Call Flow Solutions have now completed the extension of superfast broadband to a further 1,750 premises across parts of Windsor, Wraysbury, Burchett's Green and Colnbrook by upgrading 11 cabinets to a Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) solution. A local press release [124kb] has been issued and emails sent to individuals who have previously registered on the Superfast Berkshire website and are potentially covered. More information can also be found on the Call Flow website at www.callflow.co.uk.
28th September 2016 - Phase 3 State Aid Public Consultation
Superfast Berkshire has issued a State Aid Public Consultation outlining the potential Intervention Areas for superfast and basic broadband under Phase 3. This process enables the public and market operators to comment on the Intervention Area proposals and in particular, to provide an opportunity for broadband infrastructure providers to review the representation of their commercial plans and ensure these are correct.
7th June 2016 - Phase 3 Open Market Review published
Superfast Berkshire Phase 3 is now under way. An Open Market Review was sent to all broadband infrastructure providers to establish the latest view of existing and planned commercial broadband coverage across Berkshire. This is the first step in the State Aid process for Phase 3 and the details will be incorporated into the planned updates of our broadband coverage maps.
8th February 2016 - WarwickNet delivers superfast broadband to Berkshire businesses
Three sites across Berkshire have now been connected with superfast broadband thanks to a partnership between Superfast Berkshire and high-speed internet provider WarwickNet. The areas of Winnersh Triangle in Wokingham and Bennet Road & Cradock Road areas in Reading are the first of many planned sites that have been provided with a range of connectivity solutions from high-capacity leased lines to business broadband of up to 100 Mbps. Press Release. [102kb]
Further details on other business communities that are planned to be covered will be published on the project website once details have been finalised.
18th December 2015 - Berkshire Basic Broadband - Satellite Scheme
Under our Phase 1 contract, Superfast Berkshire made a commitment to ensure that all premises across Berkshire could access a basic broadband service (defined as at least 2 Mbps) before the end of 2015. Earlier today, Superfast Berkshire (in conjunction with BDUK) launched a satellite broadband subsidy scheme where eligible premises could apply for a voucher to offset some of the installation costs of a satellite solution.
To find out more about the satellite scheme, check to see if you meet the eligible criteria and whether it could provide a temporary solution to your current poor broadband speeds click on the link - Berkshire Satellite Broadband Scheme.
18th December 2015 - First customers live on new ultrafast Gigaclear FTTP network
Gigaclear's new ultrafast FTTP network is now up and running on the outskirts of Hungerford with Cobbs Farm Shop and Larence Hiscock being first off the blocks to take advantage of the high speed broadband services in time for Christmas. A press release [427kb] was issued to acknowledge the initial 'Go live' as work continues with the expansion of the new fibre network to the surrounding communities in the New Year.
16th December 2015 - Conclusion of BT delivery under Phase 1 contract
BT are concluding the delivery under our phase 1 contract with 121 cabinets now live and one more due to go live in Green Park, Reading imminently. This has brought broadband improvement to over 24, 000 properties across Berkshire taking the overall superfast coverage to more than 92%. You can still check the full list of Target Cabinets that have been upgraded and how this affects you on the Interactive Broadband Coverage Map or BT Broadband Checker. However the work does not stop there, with the contractual verification of individual properties, monitoring of take-up by residents and businesses, reconciliation of 'eligible costs' and payment of claims still to complete over the next 3 months. Funding can be 'released' from the Phase 1 contract if we a) underspend on the deployment, b) exceed the original anticipated take-up of 20% and c) spend less on the provision of basic broadband due to improvements already delivered or planned. We are currently trying to estimate the level of potential 'funding release' and how we might use this to expand superfast coverage in the remaning areas still with poor speeds.
5th November 2015 - Gigaclear start building FTTP Ultrafast network in West Berkshire
A press release [164kb] was issued to mark the start of work on the construction of Gigaclear's new ultrafast network by local sub-contractor MKJ in Eddington, Hungerford.
15th October 2015 - Gigaclear scope in West Berkshire
We have now completed the initiation of the Gigaclear phase 2 project and they have started detailed planning and preparations for the first area that will be covered by their new ultrafast fibre network. Superfast Berkshire has been analysing all properties across West Berkshire to identify those that can be covered by Gigaclear and those that are or plan to be covered by another broadband operator. Not only is this critical to the planning of Gigaclear's network but also key to ensure we remain compliant with the use of public funding under State Aid rules. Although this analysis is still under review, details of properties that are planned to be covered, a high level rollout schedule and further information about Gigaclear's product offering can be found at www.gigaclear.com/superfastberkshire.
12th August 2015 - Update on Phase 1 delivery
There have been two recent announcements by the Government (BDUK) on the progress under phase 1 projects across the UK. Early today the Government (BDUK) announced that local projects had reached the milestone of providing superfast broadband to in excess of £3m premises across the UK. This has been supported with our own Superfast Berkshire press release [27kb] with corresponding statements issued by the 6 Berkshire districts to follow. As you can see form the numbers above, we are now at 98 cabinets providing fibre to over 19,000 premises.
On 30th July, BDUK announced that due to higher take-up rates of superfast broadband than expected, BT will now return up to £129m to the public purse (across the UK) to help rollout superfast speeds even further. This arises from a clause in our contract where take up exceeds the the original estimate of 20%. Good news for Berkshire as not only are we above the threshold but consistently above the UK average of all superfast projects. The amount of savings are not yet known but funds will be used to further expand superfast coverage in areas not currently covered under Phase 1 or Phase 2. Further information will be published on the project website when details have been fully worked through.
3rd July 2015 - Phase 2 Contract Announcement
Superfast Berkshire are delighted to annouce that contracts have been awarded to extend superfast coverage in the districts of West Berkshire and Windsor & Maidenhead. Gigaclear will deploy a Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) solution to more than 11,700 premises and take the superfast coverage to in excess of 99% before the end of 2017. Call Flow Solutions will provide a Fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) solution to more than 1,750 premises in parts of the the Royal borough by mid 2016. A press release [158kb] was issued after an event held in Newbury earlier this afternoon.
Additional bids were also received from Call Flow Solutions for Reading and Wokingham and it is hoped that contracts will be signed later this year. Further information on the Phase 2 deployments will be available on the project website shortly.