Broadband in Buckinghamshire
Current broadband projects
Buckinghamshire Council are working with Building Digital UK (BDUK) and local broadband providers to deliver better broadband across the county.
A gigabit is the fastest and most reliable available broadband speed and is the same as 1,000 megabits per second (Mbps).
The government is on a mission to deliver lightning-fast, reliable broadband to everyone in the UK and is investing £5 billion in Project Gigabit to ensure that hard-to-reach communities are not left out.
Project Gigabit procurement update
Buckinghamshire are allotted with Hertfordshire and East Berkshire in 'Lot 26'. This enables BDUK to maximise coverage in neighbouring counties, offering more attractive contracts to bidding suppliers.
BDUK have carried out their initial open reviews and market reviews for this lot and are inviting bidders to tender. This stage of the procurement process will involve evaluating suppliers’ bids and forming the coverage areas that will be picked up by the contract.
This is expected to continue until late spring 2023, with the contract being awarded in late summer 2023 or early autumn 2023.
Once the contracts have been awarded, consultation with Highways and Streetworks will be conducted to formalise the build plans.
View BDUK’s latest updates.
Gigabit Voucher Scheme
As of January 2023, BDUK have relaunched the Gigabit Voucher Scheme for Buckinghamshire. Eligible premises can apply for vouchers from the suppliers which can be used to provide broadband schemes to rural areas.
Voucher schemes are community led and require residents and businesses in those communities to all apply for vouchers, and work collectively with the suppliers to provide the scheme.
View more information on the Gigabit Voucher Scheme.
Bucks Rural Business Broadband
Bucks Rural Business Broadband (BRBB) Phase 3 contract was signed between Openreach, Buckinghamshire Council and Bucks LEP in June 2020.
Funding was provided through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development with a £1.8 million grant.
This project connected 594 rural premises to Gigabit capable broadband, meaning the beneficiaries have access to the highest broadband speeds available and are future proofed for any newer technologies.
Deployment of the programme commenced in January 2023 so residents and businesses are now capable of signing up for gigabit broadband.
As part of the programme, 31 additional premises were connected. Check the Swapped in Premises (.xls, 13.3KB) spreadsheet for further details.
These details have been published to meet contractual obligations which state that any additions to the scope must be publicly made available