Programme Delivery Model
Broadband Delivery Programme
To achieve the requirements in the contract, it is likely that fibre based solutions to rural towns and villages will play a significant role in delivering the outcomes required. It is also expected that mobile, fixed wireless and satellite will play a major role in meeting the connectivity of end users in rural areas. The provision for suppliers to enter into SLAs pursuant to their contract with local bodies allows the appropriate mix of solutions to be determined by suppliers.
The high level requirements will ask for the highest access speeds to the greatest number of customers with a minimum edge of network speed of 2Mbps. When discussing access speed we are describing a volume of data throughput. The high level requirements will also provide for a quality of service which dictates what applications will work and what services will work during the busy period. It is essential to note that access to the internet is a shared resource and Internet protocol (IP) networking by its nature is „best effort‟. However, the nature of „best effort‟ is described in the requirements.
A copy of the high level requirements will be available from BDUK. These will be consulted upon with industry prior to full publication.
While the high level requirements for wholesale broadband services allow mobile broadband to be used as part of a solution, no specific provision has been made to secure improvements to mobile broadband. This may be addressed if a mobile coverage obligation features in the license obligations associated with at least one lot of the 800MHz spectrum being released in 2012. Where it is not, and the chosen broadband supplier for a local broadband project does not include a mobile partner, then separate provision will need to be made.
The suppliers of broadband solutions will be expected to comply with all the relevant standards to support the following attributes of next generation networking, including:
Decoupling of service provision from network, and provision of open interfaces;
Support for a wide range of services, applications and mechanisms based on service
building blocks (including real time/ streaming/ non-real time services and multi-media);
Broadband capabilities with end-to-end Quality of Service and transparency;
Interworking with legacy networks via open interfaces;
Unrestricted access by users to different service providers;
Independence of service related functions from underlying transport technologies; and
Compliance with all regulatory requirements, for example concerning emergency
communications and security/privacy, etc.
The SLAs will describe a quantity and
interworking between standards are applied.
quality of data that would be available to the end agreements describe the detailed working and latter includes details as to how the technical
Access to wholesale services
Communications networks were once engineered to support a single service, like voice. The advent and use of Internet Protocols and increasing data processing capabilities has meant it is possible to construct a single data transport network capable of carrying any number of individual applications. This allows the underlying connectivity to be wholesaled to different service providers who then retail services to end users.
This split between the carriage of data and the applications that then use the available capacity means it is possible to sell or wholesale data transport services separate from the set of internet services or applications. Applications include email, browsing, IPTV, and