Project Gigabit is the Government’s flagship £5 billion programme to enable hard-to-reach communities to access gigabit-capable broadband.
It targets homes and businesses that are not included in broadband suppliers’ plans, reaching mostly rural and remote parts of the UK that might otherwise miss out on getting the digital connectivity they need.
You can read more about Project Gigabit at Project Gigabit – GOV.UK
Project Gigabit in Leicestershire
Building Digital UK (BDUK) has announced Leicestershire’s inclusion in roll-out of Project Gigabit. Contracts will be procured by BDUK for the delivery of gigabit-capable broadband infrastructure to approximately 24,000 hard-to-reach premises in Leicestershire.
As a national programme each part of the country has been put into a ‘Lot.’ The majority of premises in Leicestershire are included in Lot 11 along with Warwickshire.
The Public Review for Project Gigabit in Leicestershire and Warwickshire ran from 17 June 2022 to 18 July 2022. The indicative intervention area for the project has been defined by BDUK.
The procurement for Lot 11 launched in June 2023 and closed in August 2023, and BDUK is expected to award the contract before the end of 2023. The indicative intervention area is subject to change until agreed with the successful supplier.
We will keep residents up to date with Project Gigabit developments. You can also keep up to date with BDUK’s updates at Project Gigabit quarterly updates – GOV.UK
The Digital Leicestershire team will continue to deliver our current projects, including Gigahubs, to increase Leicestershire’s digital connectivity.