Broadband - Open Market Review (OMR)
We are working with Central Bedfordshire, Luton Borough and
Milton Keynes Councils to deliver superfast broadband
infrastructure across the area. As a partnership we are working
together on a Central Superfast broadband deployment project that
seeks delivery of superfast broadband to as close to 100% of homes
and business premises as possible, by 2020.
Delivering faster broadband in line with our vision, has the
strong support of the people and businesses in the Central
Superfast area and delivering on this vision supports a key part of
the government’s long-term economic plan to secure Britain’s future
by providing better access to superfast broadband, and the benefits
this can bring to residents and businesses.
Delivering the vision
To deliver the vision, the local partners, working with
Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), are seeking to make further
investment to extend superfast broadband infrastructure.
A competitive process will be undertaken to procure a commercial
wholesale broadband network supplier for installation and operation
of the required infrastructure. This will be based on a gap funded
model, with the successful supplier co-investing in the
The procurement process and Open Market Review
This procurement process and investment of public funds will be
undertaken in accordance with the 2016 National Broadband Scheme
for the UK State Aid agreement negotiated with the European
As part of this new procurement process, we are now commencing
an Open Market Review (OMR) to establish existing and planned (next
3 years) commercial coverage of broadband services across the
Central Superfast Area by all existing and any prospective, NGA
broadband infrastructure providers.
This OMR is intended as a precursor to a formal public
consultation document. The UK applies a best practice process that
promotes the use of both an Open Market Review (OMR) and a public
consultation, the latter being conducted in a manner consistent
with the requirements of the broadband guidelines.
We consider that early market engagement at this stage is an
essential and extremely important part of our early market
research. The results of the OMR will assist us with understanding
the broadband infrastructure (Next Generation Access) already in
place and where there are plans for investment in such
infrastructure in the coming three years and a significant step in
the design of the intervention area to be targeted by the new
Once we have defined these Intervention Areas from the OMR, we
will be conducting a minimum one month state aid public
consultation on our proposed Intervention Areas.
We propose to launch our ITT in the financial year 2016/17.