Urban Broadband Fund for Super Connected Cities
Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The primary purpose of this PIN is to inform the market of a number of prospective opportunities which may be procured by local authorities in connection with the UK Government’s broadband policies and objectives.UK-London: telecommunications services
Prior information notice
Section I: Contracting authority
Department of Culture, Media and Sport
2-4 Cockspur Street
SW1Y 5DH London
General address of the contracting authority: www.culture.gov.uk
Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)
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Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) has been created within the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) to oversee the delivery of the government’s policies relating to stimulating private sector investment using the available funding. Further details on BDUK, its objectives and activities can be found at http://www.culture.gov.uk/publications/8124.aspx.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the Autumn Statement 2011 the creation of a new £100 million Urban Broadband Fund (UBF) to create ten super-connected cities across the UK with ultrafast broadband as close to 80-100Mbps (megabits per second) as is currently possible – or faster – and with ubiquitous high speed wireless connectivity. The selected Phase 1 cities are:
Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.
In the Budget 2012, the Chancellor announced a further 50 000 000 GBP for a Phase 2 to enable smaller cities to become super-connected. The eligible cities in phase 2 are:
Aberdeen, Brighton and Hove, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Coventry, Derby, Dundee, Exeter, Gloucester, Kingston Upon Hull, Leicester, Londonderry/Derry, Newport, Norwich, Oxford, Perth, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Salford, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Swansea, Wolverhampton, York.
The selection of the phase 2 cities from those eligible will not be announced until the autumn. Further details of the Urban Broadband Fund for Phases 1 and 2 are set out at http://www.culture.gov.uk/what_we_do/telecommunications_and_online/8830.aspx.
In its role as coordinator of the Urban Broadband Fund, BDUK is publishing this PIN to help publicise the opportunities that may become available under this initiative. It is not anticipated that BDUK will be the contracting authority for these procurements, and that role will be undertaken by individual local authorities participating in phases 1 and 2. As the decision to authorise individual contracts remains that of each local authority, this PIN is being issued on a voluntary basis by BDUK, and does not indicate that any contracts will be procured or concluded within the next financial year.
Responses to this PIN are invited from suppliers indicating their interest in either (A) or (B) or both (A) and (B) below:
(A) Suppliers and any other parties interested in participating in any part of the supply chain for urban broadband projects and who wish to be included in any general consultations held by BDUK are welcome to respond to this PIN. Respondents need not indicate which cities they are potentially interested in.
(B) Suppliers interested in acting as a contracting party with a Local Authority in the delivery of urban broadband projects are invited to respond to this PIN. Respondents should indicate which of the following areas they are interested in: (1) the delivery of ultrafast broadband and/or (2) the delivery of high speed wireless connectivity. Involvement in either (1) or (2) could include acting as a prime contractor, consortium lead or delivery partner. Respondents should indicate which cities they are potentially interested in.
Where suppliers express an interest in potential projects in the eligible Phase 2 authorities, such interest will not be taken into account in BDUK’s selection process for Phase 2. Accordingly, suppliers should make no assumptions about which Phase 2 cities will be successful in receiving funding from this initiative.
Estimated cost excluding VAT: 150 000 000 GBP
64200000, 32412000, 32412100, 32412110, 32424000, 32420000, 32425000, 32500000, 32510000, 32520000, 32521000, 32522000, 32523000, 32524000, 32530000, 32531000, 32532000, 32562200, 32562100, 32562300, 32570000, 32571000, 32572000, 32572200, 45232300, 45232332, 45232340, 45231600, 45314000, 45314300, 45314310, 50330000, 50332000, 50334400, 51300000, 64210000, 64227000, 65300000, 71316000, 72220000, 72222000, 72315000, 72400000, 72410000, 72411000, 79340000, 79342000
Interested parties should contact urbanbroadbandfund@Culture.gsi.gov.uk with their response by 6.9.2012, although BDUK would particularly welcome early responses.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:20.8.2012