BDUK has awarded Project Gigabit contracts in Oxfordshire and north east Staffordshire to Gigaclear and Connect Fibre respectively.
Two contracts have been awarded to Gigaclear with a combined value of £26.5m, covering around 10,000 premises in north and south Oxfordshire.
CEO Gareth Williams said: “We’ve already invested more than £70m to extend our network across many of the county’s rural communities and once these contracts have been delivered, Gigaclear will have provided a new Gigabit fibre connection to more than 85,000 rural Oxfordshire residents and businesses."
Following a procurement process, Connect Fibre has been awarded a £16.5 million contract to address 6,000 premises in north east Staffordshire.
The first premises under the contracts in Oxfordshire are expected to go live in 2024. Premises under the Staffordshire contract can expect to begin being connected in 2025.
Through Project Gigabit, the government is investing £5bn into areas identified as needing potential government intervention.