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Superfast broadband extension programme – July 2016

Open market review: Request for information

1. Introduction

The Coventry Solihull Warwickshire (CSW) Superfast Broadband Project strives to provide the best broadband connectivity possible across its programme area. Warwickshire County Council is acting as lead authority for the initiative with Coventry City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council as supporting partners. The project is formally supported by Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership. The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership also support Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s inclusion in this Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Partnership.

Other partners we are working with:

  • North Warwickshire Borough Council
  • Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council
  • Rugby Borough Council
  • Stratford-on-Avon District Council
  • Warwick District Council

The overarching aspiration of CSW is to deliver superfast for all by 2020

2. Geographical scope

Coventry is the urban city centre at the heart of the sub-region, and is surrounded by Solihull to the west, and the five districts of Warwickshire – North Warwickshire, Nuneaton & Bedworth, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwick and Rugby.

Solihull is one of the seven West Midlands Metropolitan Boroughs, located between Birmingham (to the west) and Coventry and Warwickshire (to the east). It covers an area of almost 18,000 hectares, two-thirds of which is rural farmland. Much of the rural area is designated green belt. Solihull has two main built-up areas, in the north around Chelmsley Wood and in the south-west around Solihull town.

Warwickshire is generally more rural in nature, interspersed with a variety of market towns and major centres, such as Stratford-on-Avon and Rugby. Around one third of the population live in rural areas.

The project encompasses all of the areas of Coventry City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council. We are working closely with neighbouring authorities to co-ordinate with their broadband procurement activities. Our seven neighbouring local authorities are:

  • Staffordshire
  • Leicestershire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Gloucestershire
  • Worcestershire
  • Birmingham

In addition, the northern tip of Warwickshire is only 3 miles (5 km) from the Derbyshire border.

A map of the proposed coverage area is available on our website at

www.cswbroadband.org.uk/documents/State-Aid-Intervention-Map-NGA-Jul2016.pdf

Full details of this OMR including premise level data are available on our website at

www.cswbroadband.org.uk/documents/OMR-Premise-Postcode-July-2016.xlsx

Our data is derived from a number of sources identified over the course of the project to date, including operators’ roll-out plans, AddressBase Premium, Ordnance Survey (Codepoint 2016) and data from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK). Whilst we believe we have built up a good overall understanding of coverage across our region, we recognise that this is a complex and fast-changing area so any further input is most welcome.

3. Progress to date

The Coventry Solihull Warwickshire Local Broadband Plan was approved in March 2012. The phase 1 contract signed in June 2013 delivered superfast fibre broadband to around 91% of CSW premises and completed in Summer 2016 in line with the government’s targets.

Our phase 2 contract signed in January 2015 will aim to deliver the UK Governments target of 95% superfast coverage by the end of 2017 across the programme area and 98% by the end of 2018.

We have been allocated a further £2.2m additional funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Broadband Delivery UK Programme to help towards our Superfast targets and we have secured match funding to this value. Additional funding of 10m from EU and Local Economic Partnership funds will increase this procurement to around £12 million and details of these and any restrictions on their usage will be explained in our forthcoming tender documentation. It is therefore Coventry Solihull Warwickshire (CSW) Superfast Broadband Project 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.

4. Purpose of this Open Market Review

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 the Coventry Solihull Warwickshire (CSW) Superfast Broadband Project area 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 (“OMR”) 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 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 2016/17

5. Your response required

We are sending this OMR to all recognised broadband infrastructure and internet providers in our area. In addition, we are publishing this OMR document on our website.

We require responses by 23rd August 2016 to the questions set out in the Annex. 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.

Please send your responses to bduk-omr@warwickshire.gov.uk identifying them as CSW Broadband OMR Response in the subject, or send them via post to:

Richard Poynter
Project Manager – CSW Broadband Project
Warwickshire County Council
Shire Hall, PO Box 2
Warwick
CV34 5AP

Please note that the data you provide in your response will be treated as commercially confidential to Warwickshire County Council[1], albeit that it may be necessary to share some/all of your response data with our professional advisors and/or DCMS/BDUK, Ofcom, BIS State Aid Branch and the European Commission in the course of seeking State aid approval for our local broadband project. It should also be noted that it is a state aid requirement to utilise this information to produce state aid maps to define white, grey and black areas for basic and NGA broadband. These maps will be published as part of the Public Consultation process and will be utilised to define the intervention area. However, please note that these published maps will be assimilated utilising data from all relevant operators and will not be directly attributed to a single source.

If you have any questions about the project or concerns about providing information then please contact Richard Poynter, Project Manager – CSW Broadband at bduk-omr@warwickshire.gov.uk or call 01926 737703 to discuss your concerns as we don’t want to build over your planned deployment.

ANNEX

Please provide details and supporting evidence of any current or planned investment in broadband infrastructure (basic broadband and NGA broadband) in The Coventry Solihull Warwickshire (CSW) Superfast Broadband Project area.

In the case of planned investment, we are particularly interested in plans for the coming three years from issue date. Beyond completion of the attached spreadsheet template (or instead of the spreadsheet if you are not able to provide the information in the required template form), any information provided in response to this request should include but not be limited to:

  • Premises detail for basic broadband and NGA broadband showing the existing coverage and separately maps detailing the planned investment in the basic broadband and NGA infrastructure networks for at least the next three years;
  • Exact detail of premises passed or covered, including information on the number of premises passed (in the case of a fixed network) or covered and able to receive services (in the case of a wireless/satellite network);
  • Details of the technology and where these claim to be NGA, demonstrate how they meet the minimum standards as set-out in the BDUK Technology Guidelines[2].
  • Description of the services/ products currently offered and separately those to be offered within the next 3 years;
  • Installation and rental tariffs for those services/products clearly identifying whether they are inclusive or exclusive of VAT;
  • Upload and download speeds typically experienced by end users;
  • Appropriate indicators of quality of the service e.g. contention ratio or bandwidth allocation per end user;
  • Evidence to substantiate actual or planned coverage claims including business cases and evidence of available funding to enable plans to be fulfilled.
  • Details and timing of roll-out for future investment; and
  • Confirmation from an authorised signatory that all information provided is of suitable accuracy.

Please supplement with supporting evidence as you consider appropriate e.g. public websites.

Thank you, CSW Broadband

[1] We are also subject to legal obligations to disclose information in certain limited circumstances.

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2016-nbs-tech-guidelines