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Matt Agar, BDUK

Matt Agar, BDUK
INCA Seminar: Delivering Superfast Wireless Broadband, Manchester, 25-06-14

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  • 1. Page 1 Wireless Broadband opportunities in BDUK Programmes Matt Agar, BDUK Commercial Lead INCA Conference 25 June 2014
  • 2. Page 2 £10m innovation fund: Market Testing Pilots
  • 3. Page 3 Objectives Market Engagement Market engagement in September 2013 showed that new solutions would be required in order to extend coverage beyond 95%. Further insight is required to establish the feasibility and scalability of potential solutions, as well as more detailed modelling of the likely costs. The government has allocated funding to encourage suppliers to gather this insight which will help inform future government investment decisions. Progress to date Estimated £20 benefit for £1 public subsidy by 2024 under current rollout plan 44+ local bodies now have broadband project delivery capability 300k+ premises passed Another 40k each week from Summer 2014 Programmes Superfast Broadband Rollout Programme • Aims to deliver 95% superfast coverage • BDUK funding of £530 allocated in 2011 • An additional £250m of BDUK funding allocated in February 2014 £10m Market Test Pilots • ITT published 21 March 2014 • Will fund a range of projects across various parts of the UK • Test different technical, commercial, financial and operational models for extending coverage. • Focus is on learning (as opposed to coverage). Extend Coverage Beyond 95% • Further information would be needed to enable a programme to be designed • Output from the Market Test Pilots will be used to create a business case for such a programme.
  • 4. Page 4 Project timescales - procurement • Procurement and contracting phase completed successfully – 26 suppliers submitted tenders, 38 bids in total – 8 projects selected and paired with 9 host Local Authorities and Devolved Administrations March April May Jun - August Sept Oct onwards Response Supplier Engagement Evaluation and contracting Review Findings Publish ITT Deployed Pilot Services Phase and Regular Reporting Supplier Events Bids Received Contracts Awarded Feasibility Report Phase State aid approvals Latest Date for Feasibility Report
  • 5. Page 5 Selected projects Wireless • AB Internet in Wales: deploying fibre & P2P microwave to the mast; 5.8GHz P2MP wireless access at 50Mbps • Airwave in North Yorkshire: comparing four wireless delivery approaches: 2.4GHz WiFi, 5.8GHz P2P wireless, LTE small cells, TV white space • Quickline in North Lincolnshire: collaborating with University of Hull, testing near line of sight and non-line of sight P2MP wireless, plus impact of vouchers on take-up Hybrid • CallFlow in Hampshire: overlaying FTTC, P2MP wireless and FTTP for a complete superfast solution within a cabinet footprint
  • 6. Page 6 Selected projects (cont.) Satellite • Avanti in Scotland and Northern Ireland: testing the latest generation of VSAT equipment capable of providing >30Mbps speeds over Ka- band satellite • BeyonDSL in Devon & Somerset: testing satellite backhaul to feed new local wireless networks in remote areas Operating model • MLL Telecom in Kent: developing a wholesale access platform for integrating and aggregating small wireless networks Financial model • Cybermoor in Northumberland: leveraging sources of Social Investment Finance to reduce public subsidy requirement for FTTP and wireless networks
  • 7. Page 7 Project timescales – delivery • Projects now enter into Feasibility Report phase • Approved projects proceed into Deployed Pilot Services phase • BDUK will continue to engage with the wider marketplace March April May Jun - August Sept Oct onwards Response Supplier Engagement Evaluation and contracting Review Findings Publish ITT Deployed Pilot Services Phase and Regular Reporting Supplier Events Bids Received Contracts Awarded Feasibility Report Phase State aid approvals Latest Date for Feasibility Report
  • 8. Page 8 Upcoming challenges • Maximising the value of the feasibility study phase • Achieving State aid approval for the pilots • Making tri-partite relationships as productive as possible • Managing barriers to scalability for viable solutions
  • 9. Page 9 Super-connected Cities Programme
  • 10. Page 10 Breadth of wireless activity • Metronet, CFL, UK Broadband and other suppliers are using the Connection Voucher Scheme to expand coverage in many cities • Wifi in public buildings (including cultural, community and civic centres) currently live in Derby, Perth, Leeds and Bradford. • Wifi on public transport now live in Leeds/Bradford and Edinburgh • Wifi concessions in open spaces/city centres live in Cardiff, Leeds and Bradford and soon to launch in Edinburgh and York.