Month: October 2016

Digital 2020 Supplier Engagement

Connecting Cheshire are about to embark on 3 procurements as part of our Digital 2020 programme. One procurement is to secure a Delivery Partner for a further phase, (Phase 4), of broadband roll-out in the sub-region of Cheshire and Warrington, focussing on “Not Spots” i.e. those areas where there are still no plans to implement broadband infrastructure in the next 3 years. The second procurement is to secure the services of a supplier to set up, operate and manage a Voucher Scheme service to provide financial support to SMEs who would like to take advantage of technology to enhance their digital capability, including superfast broadband services.  The third procurement will be for suppliers to provide business support services to help SMEs exploit digital technology.

To this end we are now engaging with the market. We have already held an initial kick off event at Alderley Park on Monday Oct 24th, the slides from which can be seen here LINK TO SLIDES. We would now like to offer one to one sessions with suppliers. The sessions will last for 45 minutes and will serve to give as many suppliers in the market as possible an opportunity to fully understand our plans and provide feedback on the potential approach to help ensure that the intervention is appropriately designed. This is in accordance with advice from the National Competency Center / BDUK. To arrange a session please contact us at info@connectingcheshire.org.uk

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More areas join the fibre fast lane

Over the summer, 11 new cabinet areas have recently been upgraded to fibre, covering over 1,400 additional premises that now have access to high-speed fibre broadband, thanks to Connecting Cheshire. These latest areas bring the total number of premises reached by the project to more than 85,000 since 2013.

The recently upgraded areas include:

Audlem 3
Bunbury 3
Chester Central 86
Comberbach 3
Ellesmere Port 48
Lower Peover 7
Lymm 10
Malpas 1
Widnes 8

 

To check availability in your area you can visit the Check Availability page and enter a postcode or a telephone number.

Connection to fibre broadband does not happen automatically and people must contact their service provider – there are more than 140 of them offering fibre broadband services across the UK – to place an order.

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