Government awards new broadband contracts

The government has taken the next step in its initiative to achieve 100% broadband availability across the UK by the end of 2005,...

The government has taken the next step in its initiative to achieve 100% broadband availability across the UK by the end of 2005, with the award of 17 framework agreements for the provision of broadband services to the public sector.

The agreements have been made under the Broadband Aggregation Project, which brings together the broadband requirements and purchasing power of the NHS, schools, post offices and other public sector services.

E-commerce minister Stephen Timms said, "By pooling the needs and finances of the public sector, we are making the provision of broadband far cheaper for the purchasers and far more attractive for the service providers - as seen by the number of contract bidders and winners.

"Pooling public sector broadband purchasing also ensures that more rural areas, previously seen as too remote or uneconomic for the infrastructure, will now have access to the social and business benefits of broadband."

The Framework Agreement covers the provision of broadband communication, networking, high bandwidth connectivity and related services to all areas of the public sector in the UK.

A national aggregation organisation and nine regional bodies (known as Adits) have been established in the English administrative regions. Each Adit will aggregate public sector broadband demand in the regions and then take that demand to the service providers.

The Adits have already been working with the first clients, the NHS and the Department for Education and Skills, to procure connectivity for the NHS N3 network and to ensure broadband connectivity to all schools by 2006.

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