The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced Oxfordshire’s inclusion in the next phase of Project Gigabit rollout. Contracts worth up to £114m will be procured by DCMS for delivery of gigabit capable broadband infrastructure to approximately 68,600 hard-to-reach premises in Oxfordshire and West Berkshire where public funding is needed to support private investment.
We welcome this announcement of significant additional funding for Oxfordshire to increase access to full fibre broadband. However the announcement acknowledges that more collaborative work is needed with DCMS and we shall keep Oxfordshire residents up to date with developments.
Meanwhile our Digital Infrastructure programme continues with delivery of the Businesses in Rural Oxfordshire project delivering full fibre to some 1,700 rural premises in the county, as well as launching the new Rural Gigabit Hub Site project connecting public buildings across Oxfordshire in partnership with DCMS.
‘Full Fibre’ broadband is the next generation of connectivity, which extends the fibre footprint established under the council’s Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme, all the way into homes and businesses.
DCMS Press Release for South East England.pdf (175.74 KB)
Project Gigabit - Open Market Review
The government is on a mission to deliver lightning-fast, reliable broadband to everyone in the UK and is investing £5 billion in Project Gigabit to ensure that hard-to-reach communities are not left out.
Building Digital UK (BDUK) is carrying out an Open Market Review (OMR) in five areas including Oxfordshire and West Berkshire to help identify premises that may be suitable for future public funding for gigabit-capable broadband.
BDUK is seeking information and supporting evidence from suppliers about the presence of gigabit-capable broadband infrastructure within the project areas. We actively encourage you to respond to this OMR if you have existing network coverage or plan to build infrastructure within the next three years.
This consultation opens on 12 August 2021 and closes on 13 September 2021.
To respond to this Open Market Review and for more information, please see BDUK’s page below: