Open Market Review

Introduction

The Suffolk Better Broadband Programme is extending coverage of better broadband connectivity across the county of Suffolk.  Suffolk’s overarching aspiration is to deliver full coverage of better broadband services to all premises in Suffolk as soon as possible. 

In line with the UK Government’s targets, we are substantially contributing to the Government objective to support investment to provide Superfast Broadband coverage to as many premises as possible beyond the 95% level across the UK achieved in December 2017, achieving 92.5% Superfast Broadband coverage of Suffolk premises by the mid 2018). 

 

Purpose

We now propose to undertake a procurement with the aim of achieving full coverage of Suffolk premises as soon as possible. 

Suffolk is currently securing the funding required for this procurement, and the details of the funding secured, and any restrictions on their use, will be set out in our forthcoming tender documentation. It is therefore Suffolk’s intention 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, and to prioritise any remaining premises getting less than 15Mbps by the end of our current deployment. 

As part of this new procurement process, we are now commencing an Open Market Review (“OMR”) to establish existing and planned (next 3 years) commercial coverage of broadband services across Suffolk by all existing and any prospective, NGA broadband infrastructure providers.  

This OMR is intended as a precursor to a formal public consultation document. The UK applies a best practice process that promotes the use of both an Open Market Review and a Public Consultation, the latter being conducted in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Broadband Guidelines. 

We consider that early market engagement at this stage is an essential and extremely important part of our early market research. The results of the OMR will assist us with understanding the broadband infrastructure (Next Generation Access (NGA)) already in place and where there are plans for investment in such infrastructure in the coming three years, and is a significant step in the design of the Intervention Area to be targeted by the new contract.  

Once we have defined these Intervention Areas from the OMR, we will be conducting a minimum one month State Aid public consultation on our proposed Intervention Areas. We propose to launch our ITT in the financial year (2018/19). 

 

Response

PLEASE NOTE - OMR IS NOW CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS

This OMR is available to all recognised broadband infrastructure and internet providers in our area.  If you are interested in responding:

 

1) Download the OMR document

OMR document (PDF, 183KB)

Map of Suffolk postcode centroids (PDF, 3MB)

 

2) Complete and return a signed Partners Standard Form Contractor Licence - send to broadband@suffolk.gov.uk by 3rd August 2018. When responding, we would be grateful if you could confirm your organisation's name and address, as well as the name, position and contact details of the person responding on behalf of the organisation.  

PSMA Standard Contractor Licence (WORD, 2MB)

 

3) Once you have returned your signed Partners Standard Form Contractor Licence, we will email you the OMR Response Template. Please return your OMR response, covering the questions set out in the annex of the OMR document, by 7th September 2018.  

 

If you have any questions about any of the above, please contact the Better Broadband for Suffolk team at broadband@suffolk.gov.uk