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Who is behind this programme?

Connecting Devon and Somerset has been set up to deliver next generation broadband infrastructure to areas where the market has failed to invest.

It is a public-private partnership of six local authorities (Somerset, Devon, North Somerset, Torbay, Plymouth and Bath and North East Somerset) and our delivery partner BT. Somerset County Council is the accountable body for the programme.

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What are we going to do?

We aim to bring superfast broadband to 90% of premises in the area covered by the Connecting Devon and Somerset programme. This means that most residents and businesses in Devon and Somerset will have broadband speeds of over 24Mbps by the end of 2016. By then, we also aim to ensure that every premise within the programme area has a broadband speed of at least 2Mbps.

How are we going to do it?

We will mostly be using Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC). This is where broadband is delivered from the telephone exchange through fibre optic cables to new green cabinets, placed alongside existing roadside cabinets. From there, copper cables will connect to each premise that is linked to that cabinet.

Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) may also be used in certain areas. Here, fibre optic cables are used to connect a property directly to the telephone exchange with no cabinet or copper inbetween. Alternative solutions are also being explored for properties in the hardest to reach areas. Such solutions may include wifi, satellite or even technologies still under development.

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  • Avon
  • Business Support
  • Specialists, Experts, Research
  • Technology
  • Networks
  • Skills
  • Somerset


For a business to succeed in today’s global economy superfast broadband is essential. Not only does it allow businesses to work faster and more efficiently. It can reduce costs, create jobs and help businesses to grow.

With faster speeds, small and large businesses can boost their productivity, even at the busiest times of day. Great connectivity means more reliable and consistent service, regardless of the number of users online at the same time. It will present new opportunities for businesses to become more resilient, communicate with customers and clients online, improve customer service and open the door to doing more business overseas.

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