STATE AID PUBLIC CONSULTATION – CLOSURE NOTE

Leicestershire County Council’s aspiration is to ensure that  all properties across Leicestershire have access to superfast broadband. To advance this we will be extending our Superfast Leicestershire programme through a new £5.7m investment. This may increase to £11.7m should further funding be secured.

 

Procurement to further extend coverage of Next Generation Access (NGA) across the Leicestershire County Council area

Published: October 2018

1) Outcome of the Public Consultation

A Public Consultation to determine and validate the Intervention Area for the Leicestershire County Council procurement for Phase 3 of the Superfast Leicestershire programme closed on 14 May 2018. The Public Consultation followed an Open Market Review (OMR) with the telecoms market to which suppliers responded with information on their existing infrastructure and commercial plans in the project area.

Following this process, the eligible Intervention Area for the project has been determined; these are known as the ‘White’ areas.  The final State Aid maps for Next Generation Access (NGA) Broadband and Basic Broadband are included below.

The County Council intends to launch a public procurement to secure NGA network solutions to serve the identified Intervention Area.

 

2) Timescales

The following table summarises the indicative timescales of the next stages of the procurement:

Activity

Date

Issue of Contract Notice November 2018
Closing date for Expressions of Interest December 2018
Bidders sign up to Code of Conduct December 2018
Clarification Question process November 2018 to February 2019
Bidders prepare responses November 2018 to February 2019
Bidders response evaluation and clarification February to April 2019
Local body initial governance – sign off evaluation and preferred bidder April 2019
Bidders notified of evaluation outcome April 2019
Standstill period April to May 2019
Contract finalisation/Due Diligence April to May 2019
Local body final governance  and Contract award June to July 2019
Contract signature June to July 2019

 

3) Revised State Aid Maps

The following criteria have been used to determine the NGA classification of areas:

  • A postcode is turned ‘grey’ if there is only one broadband infrastructure operator providing NGA services (supporting minimum speeds of at least 30Mbps) to all premises in that postcode.
  • A postcode is turned ‘black’ if there are at least two broadband infrastructure operators providing NGA services (supporting minimum speeds of at least 30Mbps) to all premises in that postcode.
  • All other postcodes remain white.

In addition, the proposed Intervention Area includes a number of “under review” areas (coloured blue on the map). These are areas where there is uncertainty that NGA services have or will be delivered, or have been reported through the OMR as being ‘at risk’ of not being completed. Areas that potentially have NGA white premises but where individual premises cannot yet be identified have also been marked “under review”. These areas will be subject to continued monitoring and verification of operator plans by the County Council’s Broadband Team within a 3 year period and in the event that these commercial plans fall away these premises will be mapped as NGA white and form part of the eligible Intervention Area via this aid measure.

The mapping analysis of existing and planned coverage (within the next 3 years) has identified remaining ‘white NGA’ areas. The outcome of the Public Consultation is summarised below in terms of NGA White, Grey, Black and “under review” premises in NGA White, Grey, Black and “under review” postcodes.

Postcodes status

Total number of postcodes

Number of black premises

Number of grey premises

Number of white premises

Number of under review premises

NGA Black 5,476 136,493 0 0 0
NGA Grey 348 0 4,137 0 0
NGA Under Review 7,073 36,939 1,686 0 114,215
NGA White 2,110 0 986 14,853 21,433

The Leicestershire County Council Intervention Area includes 14,853 NGA White premises, however there are an additional 135,648 Under Review premises that could potentially be brought into scope of the procurement if plans are not completed and confirmed by the monitoring team.

All premises in the county are believed to have access to a Basic Broadband service through existing commercial operators.

 

4) State Aid Maps

The State Aid maps for the Intervention Area are shown below for NGA Broadband and Basic Broadband respectively:

NGA Broadband Map:

 

Basic Broadband Map:

 

6) Status of Intervention Area

The State Aid Public Consultation is now closed. The Council’s Broadband Team have submitted a State aid (Part 1) notification to the National Competence Centre (part of the Department for Culture Media and Sport) which oversees the UK National Broadband Scheme. A decision on the eligibility of the proposed Intervention Area is expected in October 2018. If clearance is granted, the Intervention Areas mapped above will be confirmed as eligible for public sector intervention for the forthcoming procurement.

 

7) Contact Details

If you have any questions about any of the above, please contact:
Niall Mullin, Superfast Leicestershire Programme Manager
E: niall.mullin@leics.gov.uk
T: 0116 305 0023