Urban Broadband Fund for Super Connected Cities

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

2012/S 163-271364

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Department of Culture, Media and Sport
2-4 Cockspur Street
SW1Y 5DH London
E-mail: urbanbroadbandfund@culture.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.culture.gov.uk

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity

Recreation, culture and religion
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Urban Broadband Fund – Super Connected Cities.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 5: Telecommunications services
NUTS code UK

II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:

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. The delivery of high speed connectivity to businesses and residential consumers and communities is required to address the UK’s economic growth and development agenda.
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
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

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

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.8)Additional information:

BDUK are co-ordinating this PIN on behalf of the individual projects and details of interested suppliers will be passed on to relevant Local Authorities. Individual Local Authorities may then contact suppliers as part of any on-going or future individual market engagement activities to ascertain potential market interest and to inform the development of the approach to projects. BDUK may also engage with suppliers to seek feedback on the wider Urban Broadband Fund initiative, including design elements likely to be common across multiple procurements, and will do so openly and transparently.
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

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:

GO Reference: GO-2012820-PRO-4171353.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework

VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:20.8.2012