CSW Broadband project out to tender – faster Internet moves a step closer

CSW broadband, the project that aims to bring improved broadband speeds to Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire has now issued its Invitation to Tender, bringing the provision of superfast broadband a step closer.

Cllr. Alan Cockburn, Warwickshire County Council Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Communities, said: “This is a significant milestone in bringing superfast broadband to those areas that are currently left behind in the information age. Good connectivity is vital for so many aspects of daily life from education to health and leisure that it is essential that we make improvements as soon as possible. In a global marketplace many of our businesses are really suffering from lack of connectivity, particularly in the rural areas, and this affects all of our local economy. Now that we have started the procurement process the project can start moving to the point where we will start to see improvements on the ground”

The work that is being tendered will involve the provision of a wholesale broadband network that will bring superfast speeds, of a minimum 24Mbps,  to 90% of properties and a minimum of 2Mbps (up to 23,999Mbps) to 100% 0f properties. The project is funded by Warwickshire County Council, in partnership with the other Local Authorities, and by BDUK, which is the Government body charged with improving broadband across the UK.

More information about the project can be found at http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/

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