Newsletter — July 2012

Topics in this edition:

  • Win Amazon vouchers – and help bring Superfast Broadband to your area at the same time!
  • Procurement news
  • Dunchurch exchange to be broadband enabled by BT
  • Improved champions and survey response maps
  • Top questions this month
  • CSW Broadband now on social media – come and join the conversation
  • Updated copy available for use in your newsletters or on your own website
  • Don’t forget to complete the surveys on our website:

Win Amazon vouchers – and help bring Superfast Broadband to your area at the same time!

  • First Prize: £50 Amazon voucher
  • Second Prize: £30 Amazon voucher
  • Third Prize: £20 Amazon voucher
  • Runners up: 5 x £10 vouchers

The CSW Superfast Broadband project is seeking to bring increased broadband speeds across rural Warwickshire – but we need your help.

We are running a prize draw for the submission of information about the locations of the green telecoms cabinets that sit by the side of the road. To enter, all you have to do is to submit information about where the cabinets are.

To do this, visit and submit the information requested – and don’t forget to leave your name, email address and telephone number so that we can contact you if you win! Names of winners will be published but contact details will not be made public.

Each verified cabinet will count as one entry for the prize draw – so the more cabinets you can find the more chances you have of winning!

At the end of September we will conduct a prize draw of verified entries, and the winners will be notified.

If you want to see what the green cabinets look like or to find out more about the CSW Broadband project, please visit our competition web page:

To make it even easier you can even download an app for Apple or Android phones so that you can upload the information whilst you are out and about:

It’s as easy as that!

Parents: Why not run your own mini competition? Encourage the kids when travelling around Warwickshire to spot the cabinets and upload them to our site.

Why are we doing this?

As part of our project we need to understand what telecoms equipment is already out there, and we are particularly interested in the green cabinets that sit by the side of the road. Unfortunately the BT data on the positions of these cabinets is not accurate, and as speeds can be affected by relatively short distances of copper cabling, we need to accurately pinpoint the locations of these green cabinets.

Competition Rules

  1. The competition is open to anybody
  2. Multiple submissions may be made, but each one must be for a different cabinet location
  3. Entries will be verified by the CSW Broadband project team using Google Street view or by other means to establish the exact coordinates of the cabinets
  4. Winners will be drawn at random from the verified submissions
  5. The decision of the CSW Broadband Project team is final
  6. Winners will be notified by telephone or email and names of winners will be published in future newsletters and other publicity

Key Message

By letting us know where the cabinets are you could help bring superfast broadband to your area and could win Amazon vouchers to the value of up to £50

Procurement news

As you may have read in the press, BDUK has now signed the framework agreement with BT and Fujitsu. This seems an appropriate time to offer an update on our procurement timeframe.

Since the sign-off of our Local Broadband Plan, the project team have been concentrating on a number of activities including:

  • Demand Stimulation
  • Building the data room and data analysis
  • Planning for procurement and supplier engagement

In line with the original project plan we have made good progress in all of these areas and we’re on target to meet our published deadlines.

Our procurement strategy has always been to use the framework developed by BDUK which gives us the most effective route to market, and this framework was due to be in place by end April 2012.  However, the European Commission raised a number of issues regarding  state aid and was not able to sign-off the umbrella state aid notification which impacted on the signing of the framework by the remaining bidders, BT and Fujitsu.

Following detailed conversations with the bidders, BDUK have also extended the assurance process and restricted the number of procurements being handled by the bidders to three per month.

The impact of these are circumstances, which are completely out the control of the CSW project team, is to delay the launching of our procurement.

On 29th June the bidders signed the framework allowing the four initial call-off projects to move forward with their procurement.  These will then be followed by the projects that are ahead of CSW and are ready to call-off.

The remaining state aid issues are expected to be resolved by September 2012.

Based on the information provided by BDUK we have revised our project plan and currently estimate that we will be going to the market in January 2013 and signing the contract in April 2013.  This has yet to be agreed with BDUK and signed off by the CSW Broadband project board.

The delay, whilst not initially being good news for CSW Broadband, allows us more time to further develop our proposal making it attractive to both BT and Fujitsu and securing the best solution possible for the sub-region

We will be making good use of the extra time, so please continue to complete the surveys and to report the locations of the roadside cabinets. Our target date is still to have the network in place by 2015.

Dunchurch exchange enabled

At the end of June BT announced that the exchange in Dunchurch (Rugby Borough) would be enabled for broadband. This is great news for some of the edge of urban areas such as Cawston estate, Hillside and, of course, Dunchurch village itself. Improvements to the exchange will not, in themselves, result in any improvements, but as the Cabinets within the local communities are upgraded the improvements should start to be noticed on the ground. Unfortunately this upgrade is unlikely to make much difference in the surrounding villages as some of these cabinets are a considerable distance from the villages themselves. For instance the Grandborough cabinet is some two miles from the village on the A45. All residents are therefore urged to continue to complete the surveys to show the level of demand within their community. We welcome all of these announcements by BT as the more areas that are covered as part of their commercial roll-out of broadband the fewer our project has to address, and the further our money is likely to go!

Improved champions and survey response maps on website

In line with our policy of responding to comments we have improved the information with the maps on our website. The Champions map now includes an alphabetically ordered list so that you can select just those parishes that you want to look at. The survey response map now enables you to select business, residential or both types of survey responses. It also has a list detailing responses received by location and giving useful information such as postcode, whether each response was for residential or business use and upload and download speeds. No personal information is given out. Visit

Top questions this month:

Q1. What can Parish Councils do to help bring broadband to their area?

This is a question that is often asked. Here are a few tips:

  • Engage with your Champions – we have over 100 Champions now and they do need your support
  • If you don’t have a Champion recruit one – or volunteer for the role
  • Include information in your newsletters and on your website – we have copy available for you to download at:
  • Help delivering leaflets – you know your area and may already have distribution networks in place
  • Make superfast broadband a standing agenda item at your meetings
  • If paper surveys are to be used write a covering letter from the Parish Council so that people know that the project has your support
  • Consider offering a prize draw for surveys completed by a given date
  • Forward our monthly e-newsletter to all of your contacts
  • Keep talking about broadband – we need to create a buzz and Parish Councils have a key role to play in this!

Q2. What speed will I get?

This is an impossible question to answer at this stage! What is certain, however, is that if we do not get survey responses from an area it is less likely to get an uplift in speed. We do need to know about all of those isolated rural pockets in particular. Once we get a contractor on board the design phase will start, and that is where the survey responses and cabinet information will be absolutely crucial to ensure that we are designing the best possible solutions for each area

Q3. How many survey responses do you need?

The simple answer is – as many as possible! We will be using the survey responses in different ways:

  • To publish on our website. Experience has shown that if a particular area shows a high level of activity then it is possible that the commercial operators will move into that area ahead of our programme starting. This means that area will get upgraded sooner, and that our budget will go further so it’s a win-win all round. Our maps showing the current level of responses can be found at
  • Pre-procurement. We will be using the level of response to entice suppliers to express an interest in our project. As we’ve explained above there are now only two contractors in the framework and we need to make sure that they both submit bids to ensure that there is competition and that we get best value for money – and they want to see that they will get a return on their investment. We are in competition with other areas of the country so need as many responses as we can get to make our work look more attractive to bidders (some areas that started before us have as many as 16,000 responses)
  • At the procurement stage the responses will be used by the bidders to inform their proposals
  • At the design stage the responses will be used to inform how the network architecture is to be developed and what technologies are to be used

So, your survey responses are absolutely vital to the success of this project – please complete them on our website – and remember, if you run a business or work from home to complete both surveys

CSW Broadband now on social media – come and join the conversation

We are now on the major social media channels and are already creating a buzz. Join in for up-to-date information and an opportunity to influence how the project develops

Updated copy available for use your in your newsletters or on your own website

We are preparing monthly bulletins for use in electronic or printed form so that you can simply cut and paste them into your own publications. As parishes are starting their campaigns at different times we are making the updates available for download from our website so that they can be used in the logical order, visit:

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