Local Full Fibre Networks Programme

The Chancellor announced in the 13 March 2018 Spring Statement the first successful wave of the Challenge Fund, providing over £95 million for 13 areas.

Successful Challenge Fund Projects

  • Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon (ABC)
  • Highlands
  • Cardiff
  • Manchester
  • Nynet
  • Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire (CSW)
  • Wolverhampton
  • London
  • Mid Sussex
  • Portsmouth
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Belfast
  • Blackpool

These projects will enter a phase of due diligence in anticipation of delivering full fibre networks before the end of the Financial Year 2020/2021. This will allow a period to confirm that they are fully compliant with the Local Full Fibre Networks programme, and will test areas including state aid and procurement law. It will also check that the local body has the capability and capacity to manage their project.

Questions about this announcement should be directed to the LFFN mailbox at

Background on LFFN can be found on the BDUK homepage.

Published 13 March 2018