Somerset and Devon broadband rollout delayed header image

Plans to roll out superfast broadband services across Somerset and Devon have been delayed for contractual reasons, with telecoms provider BT unable to offer any further details on the issue holding back the launch of the project.

In October, BT was chosen to deliver the service for the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) organisation, with the scheme expected to take around eight years to conclude.

However, BBC News reports that "significant issues" mean the two groups have yet to reach an agreement on how to proceed.

A spokesman for BT said: "We had hoped to make an announcement, but a few outstanding matters still need to be resolved." The fact that negotiations over the contract are ongoing precludes either party from going into more details, but the spokesman indicated that an agreement is expected shortly.

CDS gained funding of £32 million from the government as part of its plans to improve broadband speeds in the two counties.

Posted by Mark Wynn