Project Gigabit is the UK Government's plan to roll-out gigabit-capable broadband services from April 2023.
A 'gigabit capable connection' is a broadband service that can achieve at least 1000 megabit (1 gigabit) per second download speed.
£203 million of funding has been allocated to upgrade connections in Kent to properties that are not expected to receive a gigabit capable service from any planned upgrade programmes (such as those funded by broadband network operators), or properties that cannot currently access a superfast broadband service of at least 30mbps.
The nationwide project is led by Building Digital UK, and we'll be working with them to support the project in Kent.
The pre-procurement work has already started and Building Digital UK anticipate that the formal procurement will start in May 2022.
As part of the preparations, Building Digital UK is carrying out an Open Market Review (OMR) for Kent to identify premises that may be suitable for future public funding for gigabit-capable broadband.
Building Digital UK need information and supporting evidence from suppliers, in relation to the presence of gigabit capable broadband infrastructure within the project areas. If you have existing network coverage, or plan to build infrastructure within the next 3 years, please respond to the OMR.
The review is open from 12 August to 13 September 2021.