Section I: Contracting authority
I.1) Name, addresses and contact point(s)For the attention of: Andy Carter
Department of Culture, Media and Sport
100 Parliament Street
Tel: +44 2072116043Internet address(es):
General address of the contracting authority: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-culture-media-sport
Address of the buyer profile: htpp://dcms.g2b.info/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
General public services
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:
Broadband Delivery In-Fill Consultation.
II.2) Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 5: Telecommunications services
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 Prior Information Notice (PIN) is to inform potential suppliers of a consultation exercise in respect of delivery of the UK Government's superfast broadband objectives.
Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) has been created within the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to be the delivery vehicle for the government's broadband policies using the available funding. Further details on BDUK, its objectives and activities can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/transforming-uk-broadband
Local bodies including English Local Authorities and Devolved Administrations have procured private sector suppliers to extend the coverage of superfast broadband services beyond the areas where they have been provided by the market on a commercial basis. BDUK has developed a Broadband Delivery Framework, which many of the local bodies have used to contract for these services, while others have procured independently. The combined DCMS and local body investment in these projects is expected to be GBP 1.2bn and is targeted to deliver 90% superfast coverage. However, even having reached this target, there will still be areas without the necessary supporting infrastructure to receive superfast broadband services.
In June 2013, the Government announced two areas for development:
— A further GBP 250 million of central government investment, to be locally match-funded, to ex-tend superfast broadband provision from current coverage plans so that 95 per cent of UK premises will have access to superfast broadband by 2017.
— The Government will explore with industry how to expand coverage further using more in-novative fixed, wireless and mobile broadband solutions to reach at least 99 per cent of premises in the UK by 2018.
BDUK is keen to understand the potential to expand the network of suppliers involved in the delivery of superfast broadband and as such is seeking supplier views on the delivery approaches to extend superfast broadband coverage beyond the levels currently provided for by local bodies' existing supplier contracts.
Delivery options under consideration, which may cover both of the areas for development, include:
— Establish alternative commercial arrangements where it can be demonstrated that there is supplier interest and capacity to compete for and undertake the provision of broadband infrastructure. These might be organised at a local body level, aggregated and coordinated at a national or sub-national level or alternatively organised by another means.
— Extend existing contractual arrangements, potentially including extending the use of the Broadband Delivery Framework.
— A combination of the above.
We are particularly keen to see suggestions for how to deliver superfast broadband to some of the UK's hardest to reach areas, including those options which might give communities an opportunity to shape local solutions.
Any future procurement activities may be led by BDUK or by Local Authorities or Devolved Administrations.
BDUK is seeking expressions of interest from potential prime contractors, consortia, sub-contractors or other interested parties in the broadband delivery supply chain who may be interested in responding to any subsequent procurement activity and is using this PIN as a mechanism to identify as many suppliers as possible in this space. Supplier views will be requested by the end of October 2013 at the latest. In order to explore the potential to expand the supplier network, BDUK will also be holding an industry information day where further information will be presented on the issues to be addressed to inform the analysis of delivery options. The industry day will take place on 7.10.2013 in London.
Organisations wishing to attend the industry day must register their attendance in advance. Owing to venue restrictions, attendance is limited to two representatives per organisation (preferably with commercial and/or technical expertise), and expressions of interest will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis. Expressions of interest in attending the Industry Day should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
When expressing an interest in attending the industry day or in providing views to BDUK, please provide the name and contact details of an individual who will act as the primary contact for your organisation in connection with any follow up enquiries and correspondence.
At this stage, there is no guarantee that the consultation exercise will lead to subsequent procurement activities.
II.5) Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
64200000, 32412000, 32412100, 32412110, 32424000, 32420000, 32425000, 32500000, 32510000, 32520000, 32521000, 32522000, 32523000, 32524000, 32531000, 32532000, 32562200, 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, 32530000, 32562100, 32562300
II.6) Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8) Additional information:
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:
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VI.3) Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4) Date of dispatch of this notice: