United Kingdom-Chichester: Installation of cable infrastructure
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: www.westsussex.gov.uk
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Section II: Object
WSCC TH West Sussex Digital Project
Market engagement to develop options for investment by West Sussex Councils into Digital Infrastructure on a commercial basis.
WS Councils (WSC) (including districts and boroughs) share an ambition to put the county on the map as a key location for digital investment, innovation and expansion. WSC's are reviewing their role in relation to investment in digital infrastructure across the county region and wish to investigate how investment from the WSC's, along with industry and financial partners, would obtain a return on investment if a) the county is future ready (e.g. for technology developments such as Internet of Things (IoT)), and b) access to backhaul is made available via an open access network. The objective is to expand the availability of gigabit-capable infrastructure in areas between Chichester and Horsham, although there may be opportunities to extend beyond these areas, to enable suppliers to provide gigabit capable services (including where there is no or slow existing broadband provision). This PIN is for market pre-engagement only and is not a call for competition. WSC's are keen to engage with the market to assess appetite for investment.
Currently WSCC are considering a JV model, for ownership and commercial management of the infrastructure. Feedback and insight from a previous market engagement day has been invaluable and WSCC intend to share some refined and further developed information, as a summary of current thinking. WSCC recognise this is just a starting point and welcome feedback in order to develop further. You will be
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The West Sussex Better Connected project (part of the national BDUK programme) in line with the national Government target, has ensured that over 95 % of premises across West Sussex have access to next generation access (NGA) Superfast broadband. By continuing to support the enhancement and development of digital infrastructure in the region West Sussex Councils have the following strategic objectives:
— create an environment that provides the investment partners a return on investment,
— create the conditions that support the extension and increased availability of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) full-fibre local access connectivity in the county,
— improve choice and range of connectivity options available — by working with market players to understand opportunities and barriers to potential investment in digital infrastructure,
— smooth the path to greater full fibre coverage and IoT future where existing and new technologies will be integrated and require wireless networks to align ever more closely with fixed line networks. The Councils will aim to facilitate early investment in, and deployment of, such future technologies and will gather feedback on key areas where support may be beneficial. This might include Communications Service Providers (CSPs) (comprising of local access network providers, backhaul providers, network integrators/aggregators, network designers), technology companies, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), and community-led digital organisations.