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Surrey County Council seeks superfast broadband

County to get 100 percent of homes and businesses connected by December 2013

Surrey County Council is tendering for the installation of superfast broadband for homes and businesses in the area by the end of 2013.

The council wants to address the issue that currently, one in five Surrey homes and businesses, or 200,000 people, will not have access to superfast broadband by 2013.

According to Ofcom's new interactive broadband map, Surrey County scores highly against its broadband metrics, with a score of two, where one is highest and five is lowest.

Superfast broadband availability is at 77 percent in the county, with an average sync speed of 7.4Mbps. Broadband take-up in the area is at 78 percent, and 13.7 percent getting less than 2Mbps.

With this contract, it wants to ensure that every premise in Surrey has access to broadband speeds of 30Mbps, and half of premises to have access to 100Mbps.

The contract is worth between £12 million and £48 million, and successful suppliers are expected to add their own funding to support the installation.

Surrey is part of the SE7 consortium, which was set up last year to buy shared services, including IT, for seven councils in the South East of England.

Separately, the UK government recently pledged to provide Wales with £56.9 million of funding for superfast broadband implementations.

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