The Digital Infrastructure Team at Oxfordshire County Council has secured funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for a project to install full fibre broadband infrastructure to a range of public service sites in Oxfordshire. This is under the DCMS initiative known as ‘Gigahubs.’ This workstream is part of the £5bn DCMS Project Gigabit aimed at securing gigabit connectivity to at least 85% of residential and business premises in the UK.
Read more about Gigahubs: Gigahubs: key information - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Oxfordshire County Council has agreed to add investment to the DCMS funding for this project, extending the scope to include a number community centres, additional schools, GP Practices and libraries. The county council funding is sourced from income generated under our Better Broadband for Oxfordshire Programme, due to the very high take-up of superfast broadband services under the contract with BT Openreach.
Our Gigahubs project marks the first of its type under Project Gigabit, with Oxfordshire County Council investment of £5m and £2m investment from DCMS.
Following a procurement, Oxfordshire County Council has selected Neos Networks to connect some 200 public service sites with gigabit capable broadband, which will include a range of:
- GP Practices
- Fire Stations
- Leisure Centres
- Community Centres
Neos Networks has sub-contracted Openreach, Virgin Media Business and Gigaclear to build, manage and operate the new infrastructure, along with Neos dark fibre. The implementation will also be managed by Neos, with the first phase anticipated to be delivered by March 2022.
The outcomes of Oxfordshire’s Public Sector Hub Sites Project will:
- Provide significantly improved connectivity to 200 public service sites in mostly rural locations where fibre connectivity is difficult and expensive to provision
- Build upon Oxfordshire’s wider commitment to improve connectivity across the county through Oxfordshire County Council’s, Digital Infrastructure Programme
- Help Oxfordshire County Council to realise its ambitions for equipping community centres to become ‘community working hubs’ offering enhanced community services, health and social care support and reducing the need for people to travel further afield to access these services
- Assist Oxfordshire County Council in meeting its objective for net-zero carbon emissions by 2030
- Enable Oxfordshire County Council to migrate to lower cost, faster broadband connections for its office buildings
- Help with digital inclusion for Oxfordshire residents as additional fibre broadband connections will be delivered around the targeted hub sites
Read the full press release:
The following map has been provided by Neos Networks, which represents the sites being connected as part of the fibre rollout: