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Works - 425448-2019

11/09/2019    S175    Works - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

United Kingdom-Chichester: Installation of cable infrastructure

2019/S 175-425448

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: West Sussex County Council
Postal address: County Hall, West Street
Town: Chichester
NUTS code: UKJ27
Postal code: PO19 1RG
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Terri Hudson

Internet address(es):

Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.2)Information about joint procurement
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

WSCC TH West Sussex Digital Project

II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

Market engagement to develop options for investment by West Sussex Councils into Digital Infrastructure on a commercial basis.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKJ27
NUTS code: UKJ28
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

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.

II.2.14)Additional information

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

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional 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.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: