Guidance

Resources for communications network providers

This section provides guidance for communications network providers on legislation, regulation, working with Local Authorities and with property developers.

The government recognises the challenges communications network providers face in deploying digital infrastructure and has created the Barrier Busting Task Force (BBTF) to work with industry, local authorities and landowners to identify and remove barriers to deployment, including changes to the law.

This section provides guidance for providers on working collaboratively with Local Authorities, land owners, and property developers, and adopting best practice within the current legal framework.

Working with local authorities

This section contains practical advice for working with Local Authorities, including identifying a single point of contact, early engagement, and opportunities to communicate the benefits of enhanced connectivity.

Working with property developers

Network providers and developers need to work together, share information early and establish best practice principles to deliver high quality connectivity consumers need. Early engagement, coordinated planning and good communication can enable smoother deployment.

Legislation and regulation

Operators are encouraged to understand how the new Electronic Communications Code (the ‘Code’) affects their deployment; and to take note of the guidance and code of practice developed by Ofcom.

Deployment

Operators are encouraged to cooperate with local authorities and developers in accordance with best practices around access agreements and street works.

Public reviews

Building Digital UK will be seeking views from the public and other stakeholders with regard to existing or planned commercial gigabit capable broadband in areas open for public review. All areas currently open for public review can be found on the UK Gigabit Programme: public reviews page. Each public review will take place over a specified time period and will be replicated on the corresponding county council’s broadband web pages.

Outside In Broadband Scheme

Executive summary

BDUK is undertaking a series of activities seeking views from operators of wholesale broadband networks and supply chain partners regarding the proposed procurement approach for delivering gigabit capable broadband to the UK.

About the Outside In Programme

The government wants to speed up the roll out of gigabit-capable broadband in rural areas and wants the UK to be a world leader in 5G, with the majority of the population covered by a 5G signal by 2027. The Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review outlined a package of measures to create the right market and policy conditions to deliver world-class connectivity for citizens and businesses.

In order to meet this policy, DCMS will be targeting its market intervention in the areas of the UK which are least likely to attract commercial investment for gigabit-capable infrastructure, referred to as the Final 20% (f20). With a clear policy objective and funding identified, we have started developing the procurement approach for the State aid funding for gigabit-capable infrastructure to the final 20% premises as part of the UK Gigabit Programme.

The proposed approach builds on lessons learnt from the Superfast programme and includes a number of measures to maximise competition, promote open access networks, and encourage long term competition and value for money on the network.

Technical consultation

During December 2020 and January 2021, we asked for views from network providers and local authorities to help us target delivery of the UK Gigabit Programme, which includes demand-led approaches such as Gigabit Broadband Vouchers and the new “outside in” supply-side interventions.

This Planning for Gigabit document was a technical consultation to gather the views of broadband delivery leads in local authorities and telecoms providers interested in bidding for subsidy to deliver gigabit capability throughout the UK. The feedback we received is helping us to refine our programme to maximise coverage in the harder to reach 20% of the UK by 2025.

Market engagement

BDUK has held a series of market engagement events about the developing procurement strategy for the programme.

If you are an operator or market entrant who would like more information about the Outside In market engagements please contact bduksuppliers@dcms.gov.uk

Market engagement events are held regularly. Slide decks from each event can be downloaded here:

30 June Market Engagement Event Slide Deck

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Future engagement events

There are none currently planned. Please email bduksuppliers@dcms.gov.uk if you wish to be added to our contact lists for future engagement events.

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Published 20 December 2018
Last updated 19 February 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated events information.

  2. Added Outside In Programme: Very Large Frameworks (Type C) document to Market Engagement.

  3. Updated to include 'Technical consultation' section

  4. Added an attachment under 'Future engagement events.'

  5. Removal of RFI wording and the addition of the June event slide deck

  6. Renewed the link to the new version of the Streetworks toolkit -- launched 26/3/19

  7. First published.