Programme Delivery Model
Broadband Delivery Programme
Programme Level Activities
This section summarises the activities that BDUK and the broadband policy team in DCMS will undertake as part of the Broadband Delivery Programme.
BDUK activities - overview
BDUK has been set up by government as the delivery vehicle for the government‟s policies to work with local bodies to stimulate private sector investment in broadband infrastructure in rural and remote areas of the UK. In respect of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, BDUK will work with the Devolved Administrations to provide support for and contribute funding to individual strategies. BDUK‟s key areas of activity are set out in the paragraphs below.
Delivery model and sourcing. BDUK have developed the Programme Delivery Model as set out in this document. This has been based on the conclusions and lessons drawn from the BDUK Theoretical Exercise, discussions with stakeholders, and BDUK‟s engagement with suppliers and service providers in the market place who have expressed an interest. It is expected that the Programme Delivery Model will continue to evolve as we learn lessons from the Superfast Broadband Pilots, from engagement with local bodies on other projects, and as the market place develops.
The delivery model is based on the premise that broadband projects will be delivered at a local level by local bodies. BDUK will not dictate what local bodies should or shouldn‟t do, but has set out a framework that local bodies are advised to follow, starting with the development of Local Broadband Plans. BDUK will provide central co-ordination of the Broadband Delivery Programme, and collate measurement of the Programme‟s achievements.
BDUK will provide advice and support to local bodies in developing and sourcing their projects. This will include the provision of a toolkit of guidance and template documentation, together with the development and management of an on-line portal for local bodies to access and share information. The aim here is to minimise the effort needed on projects, to re-use and share information, and to ensure a suitable level of consistency across projects. It will be important for local bodies to contract for broadband solutions in a manner which minimises the effort required by suppliers and service providers to bid for and deliver solutions. Whilst the intention is to allow for the flexibility to cater for local needs and situations, local bodies should be procuring solutions which are similar to those being deployed in the private sector by suppliers and service providers. The development of bespoke solutions for part publicly funded contracts is neither desirable nor required.
BDUK has developed an overall sourcing approach to Programme delivery. This allows local bodies in early projects to lead their own procurements, with BDUK support to develop a standardised approach. For subsequent projects, BDUK proposed to create supplier frameworks from which local bodies can call-off broadband services. If the early projects demonstrate that there is insufficient competition in the market place then BDUK will consider putting in place overarching bilateral contracts with suppliers, with provisions to ensure a degree of sub-contracting where appropriate. BDUK will also procure a framework contract for local bodies to call-off broadband services for a limited number of customers for delivery by satellite technology. BDUK‟s sourcing approach is discussed further in section
Project pipeline management. Local delivery means a series of local broadband projects. BDUK will seek to manage the pipeline of projects to ensure that it matches the availability