Phase 3 - Suffolk Broadband
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.
With contracted plans already in place to deliver better broadband to around 98% of Suffolk premises by 2020, Suffolk now intends to procure further coverage of NGA broadband infrastructure (capable of delivering download speeds of at least 30Mbps) in remaining areas within the county where such broadband is currently unavailable.
Suffolk now intends to conduct a further (Phase 3) open procurement in respect of the remaining area without NGA broadband infrastructure.
Open Market Review
In preparation for this procurement, Suffolk conducted a Phase 3 open market review (OMR) between June 2018 and December 2018 to establish existing and planned (within the next 3 years) coverage of broadband infrastructure across Suffolk.
State Aid Public Consultation
The information collected through the Phase 3 Open Market Review, and Suffolk's own data sources, was used to define a proposed intervention area for the forthcoming procurement. A public consultation set out the proposed intervention area, so as to enable all interested stakeholders (including the public, businesses, internet service providers and broadband infrastructure operators) to comment on the proposals. In particular, this provided an opportunity for broadband infrastructure operators to review Suffolk’s mapping to ensure that it correctly represented the information provided by them in the course of the Phase 3 OMR.
Suffolk commenced market engagement and warming in March 2019, and held an initial series of ‘Bidder Information Days’ with interested bidders in March and April 2019. In May 2019, Suffolk issued a Prior Information Notice (PIN) for the Suffolk Phase 3 procurement, together with our outline requirements in the form of a Market Engagement Strategy document and online survey to enable feedback from potential bidders to be taken into account in the design of the scheme and to understand the capacity and capability of the market.