Feeds

Thus pips BT to £70m Scottish broadband project

'Preferred bidder'

High performance access to file storage

Scottish telco Thus has beaten BT in a race to be picked as the preferred bidder for a £70m project to wire up schools, libraries and other council buildings with speedier broadband services.

The Highlands and Islands Pathfinder Broadband Procurement Project - which will deliver "a very high speed broadband services to more than 800 sites" - is being led by The Highland Council along with councils in Argyll and Bute, Moray, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.

If all goes to plan a formal agreement between Thus and The Highland Council will be signed in October. Two-thirds of the 800 sites are due to be connected to the new infrastructure within two years.

In a statement, The Highland Council said: "Over the past four months, a procurement team has undertaken a detailed technical, financial and legal evaluation of bids from BT and Thus.

"The team recommended that the bid from Thus represented the optimum solution, using a mix of fibre, wireless and copper-based connections, which fully met the aspirations of the partners and exceeded the minimum requirements set in the Invitation to Negotiate."

The Scottish Executive is stumping up £63m towards the cost of the project. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet
Maria Miller finally resigns over expenses row
Skype pimps pro-level broadcast service
Playing Cat and Mouse with the media
Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month
... but don't worry, charter members, you're still in 'for life'
Like Google, Comcast might roll its own mobile voice network
Says anything's possible if regulators approve merger with Time Warner
EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app
Bug quietly slurps PAYG credit - yet EE denies it exists
Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark
New Statement of Expectations to NBN Co offers get-out clauses for blackspot builds
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China when you've got the next billion in your sights?
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.