Programme Delivery Model
Broadband Delivery Programme
BDUK has built a geo-spatial model containing details of broadband infrastructure. Elements of this will be available for local bodies to use. Further details of the basis on which this is available, and details of any required licensing provisions are available from BDUK. It is intended that this model will benefit local bodies as follows:
To support development of the Local Broadband Plan, the model will provide a model of broadband speeds in an area, including the location of not-spots and slow-spots;
To support State Aid appraisal the model will identify a baseline of the applicable areas for State Aid eligibility purposes, prior to further analysis by the local body;
To inform the assessment of supplier bids and to support full business case development, the model will support the estimation of indicative costs for a given coverage solution at an aggregate high level (however, the indicative costs are dependent upon model assumptions and any estimates should be regarded as a comparison model); and
To support local bodies in providing information to bidders for due diligence during a procurement process. This will include details of existing infrastructure (e.g. locations of cabinets and ducts) that companies have provided to BDUK, subject to a local body entering into a confidentiality agreement with BDUK.
The information BDUK can supply to support the development of Local Broadband Plans includes:
Numbers of total premises (homes and businesses) in a local authority area;
Details of 'not spots' < 0.5Mbps and 'slow spots' < 2.0 Mbps broadband speed;
Number of premises connected to BT exchanges (including where BT have made announcements for broadband coverage); and
Number of premises with installed Virgin Media coverage.
Local bodies will still need to model any specific features that they want to address, and to consider different coverage scenarios. In addition, local bodies will have to supplement the model with details of available public sector networks, the results of demand registration undertaken locally, current footprint and published future coverage plans of local suppliers, and other local information not included in the model.
Where bidders in a procurement process will require due diligence information (at their own cost) from BT Openreach to support their bids, BDUK will facilitate a route for local bodies to provide for access to this.
Broadband policy activities
Britain’s Superfast Broadband Future sets out a number of policy interventions aimed at ensuring that there is a favourable policy and regulatory environment for investment in broadband infrastructure and wherever possible lowering costs and barriers to investment. While the policy and regulatory interventions are applicable in general to all investment in broadband infrastructure, it is also intended that they should support the delivery of broadband rollout in areas receiving support from BDUK.
Recognising that civil engineering is a major proportion of the capital cost of any broadband deployment the government has taken steps to encourage infrastructure sharing, including:
Ofcom is introducing Passive Infrastructure Access as a new remedy in the wholesale local access market following a finding that BT and KCom have significant market power. BT has submitted reference offers for access to its ducts and poles and these are being 24