Phase 3 - State Aid Public Consultation

The information collected through the Phase 3 Open Market Review, and Suffolk's own data sources, was used to define a proposed intervention area for the forthcoming procurement.

A public consultation set out the proposed intervention area, so as to enable all interested stakeholders (including the public, businesses, internet service providers and broadband infrastructure operators) to comment on the proposals.  In particular, this consultation provided an opportunity for broadband infrastructure operators to review Suffolk’s mapping to ensure that it correctly represents the information provided by them in the course of the Phase 3 OMR.

The Suffolk Phase 3 State Aid public consultation closed on 28th June 2019, and we set-out below how we have handled the data provided by respondents to the consultation, and the outcome of the consultation.

We have handled the data provided by each of the respondents to the consultation in the same way, as follows:

Where we have been provided with firm evidence of existing broadband coverage of premises with greater than 30Mbps, we have categorised those premises as NGA Grey (if that coverage is supplied by one broadband infrastructure provider) or NGA Black (if that coverage is supplied by two or more broadband infrastructure providers).

Where there is remaining uncertainty about whether or not there is existing broadband coverage of premises with greater than 30Mbps, or where there is remaining uncertainty about future plans to provide coverage of premises with greater than 30Mbps, we have categorised those premises as ‘Under Review’ and mapped them as Blue.

Where there is no existing broadband coverage of premises with greater than 30Mbps, and no future plans to provide broadband coverage of premises with greater than 30Mbps, we have categorised those premises as NGA White.

 A summary of the outcome of the Suffolk Phase 3 State Aid public consultation in terms of the number of post codes and premises categorised as NGA Black, NGA Grey, NGA White of Under Review (Blue) is shown in the following table:

  Number of postcodes Number of black premises Number of Grey premises Number of White Premises Number of 'Under Review' premises
White 3,075   23,953 17,860  
Grey 15,814   235,065    
Black 2,776 61,266      
'Under review' 1,801 5,503 11,003   12,998
Total 23,466 66,769 270,021 17,860 12,998
Total premises   367,648      

 

A map of Suffolk showing NGA Black, NGA Grey, NGA White and Under Review (Blue) areas is below:

 

Suffolk Phase 3 intervention area map (PDF - 2MB)

 

Also attached is the Suffolk Phase 3 Intervention Area data file, which list premises that have been categorised as NGA White or Under Review (Blue).

The Intervention Area for Suffolk Phase 3 will be the premises listed as NGA White in the data file below:

 

Suffolk Phase 3 intervention area - premises (Excel - 2MB) 

 

The premises listed in this data file as Under Review (Blue) will be kept under review.  If / when evidence emerges that any premises categorised as Under Review (Blue) will not obtain broadband coverage of greater than 30Mbps from existing coverage or future planned coverage, the affected Under Review premises may be re-categorised as NGA White and included within the Phase 3 Intervention Area.

While Suffolk intends to intervene to uplift broadband coverage of (NGA White) premises within the Phase 3 Intervention Area, we intend to prioritise any such premises with existing broadband speeds of less than 15Mbps.

Following assurance reviews by BDUK, Suffolk intends to issue an invitation to tender for Suffolk Phase 3 in August 2019, with the aim of concluding the Phase 3 procurement and executing a contract with a preferred supplier before the end of 2019, with Phase 3 deployment starting from around mid-2020. 

 

State Aid Public Consultation Documents

PLEASE NOTE - STATE AID PUBLIC CONSULTATION IS NOW CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS

 

Phase 3 Public Consultation document (PDF - 330KB)

Suffolk Intervention area (PDF - 4MB)

PSMA Standard Contractor Licence (WORD, 2MB)