South Gloucestershire Council is holding a Supplier Engagement event on Thursday 29th September 2016 at the Aztec Hotel & Spa, Aztec West in Bristol for early engagement with suppliers on a forthcoming tender for £3m to procure Next Generation Access solutions – those capable of achieving a minimum of 30 Mbps download speed - for the remaining area in scope for NGA deployment.
South Gloucestershire Council’s Superfast Programme strive to provide the best broadband connectivity possible across its programme Area. South Gloucestershire has a rich natural and cultural heritage. It is an area of diversity and contrast with a variety of communities, characterised by the special relationship between town and country. Residents are fortunate to have a high quality local environment which they greatly value. Attractive and historic landscapes link unspoilt market towns, villages and established rural and urban communities with major new residential areas, industrial and commercial developments. The area stretches from the Severn Estuary in the west to the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the east. Its southern boundary borders the core city of Bristol. It abuts the River Avon and extends almost to Bath. The area is well served by the M4 and M5 motorways and has good rail links. Both the first and second crossing of the River Severn lie within South Gloucestershire. 62 per cent of South Gloucestershire’s population lives in built up areas immediately adjoining Bristol. 18 per cent live in the towns of Yate, Chipping Sodbury and Thornbury, and with over 30 villages that cover the remaining 20 per cent live in the more rural areas. South Gloucestershire is relatively affluent, but there are some pockets of deprivation at a sub ward level, mainly in our urban areas. The overarching aspiration of South Gloucestershire Council – Superfast Programme is to exceed Central Government target to deliver 95% superfast by achieving 100% superfast coverage by 2017.