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Author Topic: Government Allocate First £95m for UK Full Fibre Local Networks  (Read 1444 times)


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The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has given his 2018 Spring Statement and confirmed the first £95m allocation from the government’s £190m Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) challenge fund, which was setup to stimulate commercial investment in “gigabit capable” broadband (rural and urban).

Readers might recall that the same fund has already been used to fuel a £10m pilot of 1Gbps capable “full fibre” (FTTP/H) broadband connectivity across six areas of the United Kingdom. The initial pilots reflected a variety of different approaches, such as connection vouchers for businesses (i.e. up to £3,000 to help get the service installed), aggregated demand schemes and opening access to existing public sector infrastructure etc.

At the time the government said that its wider aim was to spread such connections to “key public buildings and businesses, with the expectation that this leads to broadband providers creating additional connections to local homes and businesses.” Despite the spin this LFFN programme is technically also open to “gigabit capable” fixed wireless networks, although we don’t expect to see too many of those.

Today the Spring Statement 2018 allocated its first wave of funding for the Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) scheme, providing over £95 million for 13 areas across the UK. Please note that the figures below reflect the amounts of funding bid for, not the final amount that will be awarded (all successful bids will be subject to due diligence before their final funding amount is confirmed).

Location                                LFFN Funding

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon    £2.4m
Belfast    £11.5m
Blackpool    £3.0m
Cambridgeshire    £4.0m
Cardiff    £6.0m
Coventry, Solihulll & Warwick    £5.7m
Highlands    £4.5m
London    £8.5m
Manchester    £23.8m
Mid Sussex    £2.2m
Portsmouth    £3.9m
North Yorkshire (NYNet)    £15.1m
Wolverhampton    £4.9m

I think this is a good sign that the government is heading in the right direction, albeit very slowly.
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