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Wales looks to take a lead in next-generation broadband
Monday 28 February 2011 18:05:41 by John Hunt

Wales has started the procurement process by which it plans to take the lead in super-fast broadband services that will be available in the UK. The country has ambitious plans to deliver a minimum speed of 30meg broadband to all businesses by mid-2016 and all households by 2020. This will put Wales on target for EU goals for next-generation broadband which require all households to be able to receive at least 30Mbps broadband by 2020, and 50% should connect at speeds of 100Mbps or above.

An official procurement notice was put out today to the Official Journal of the European Union, looking to find a best value contract which will stimulate demand and ensure complete coverage. Full details of the proposals can be found on the Digital Wales website.

"To succeed in the modern economy Wales needs a first class, globally competitive next generation broadband network. That is why we have set a target of getting next-generation broadband in all Welsh homes and business. Our new economic policy - 'Economic Renewal: a new direction' – sets out how we will help support businesses and create the right kind of infrastructure to grow our economy. Next generation broadband is a key part of this vision and the formal procurement process is now underway."

Ieuan Wyn Jones, (Deputy First Minister) Welsh Assembly Government

Wales does have ambitious plans that should lead to fibre-to-the-home being deployed to many places as this will be one of the only technologies that can deliver the access speeds required to meet the targets of the Welsh Government, and allow faster services up to 100meg to be deployed in the future.


Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
Any links to the full requirements?
Posted by Dixinormous over 6 years ago
Or how this is being funded?
Posted by wirelesspacman over 6 years ago
There is not even a link to the Journal entry on the Digital Wales site!

Sounds like an "open" tender they wish to be not so open!!
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
I think they have ejaculated prematurely, they might have *sent it* to the EU but it isn't published yet. There isn't a version of TED published today !
Posted by NilSatisOptimum over 6 years ago
Mmmm, been mailing my welsh MP over broadband, not had one reply as yet!
Posted by wirelesspacman over 6 years ago

You might well be right, I could not find it last night either. Still no sign of it on there today, as far as I can tell.
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
nope, some stuff published today but not that, at least not under UK. However it is online at (registration required I suspect)

Notice number in OJ:
2010/S 250-382216 may also have more info
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
Welsh MP may know less than your Welsh Assembly member.

Funding - mixture of who ever wins contract, Welsh Assembly and EU funding.

Also means any BDUK funding that does not allow for future expansion in Wales would be wasted money.
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
surely BDUK should avoid Wales as it is now covered by an intent ?
Posted by tobykim over 6 years ago
I wouldn't get my hopes up, everyone knows that it's all hot air, I'd be very surprised if it wasn't. There's also the North/South divide so no use getting excited, there's also the long track record of promises never delivered and going way over budget
Posted by wirelesspacman over 6 years ago
Just had a quick scan through the PQQ and it is very much worded to favour BT (at least in terms of UK based bidders) as they would be the only ones able to respond sufficiently with regards to existing "open access" wholesale services.
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
Is there a link to the PQQ? Any mention of up speeds?
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
A short note from Next Generation Broadband for Wales

"The Next Generation Broadband tender for Wales was advertised on All Assembly Government notices are advertised through sell2wales which is a free to access site. Notices can be viewed without registration. Sell2Wales is an official XML gateway to the official journal of the EU who advertise through Tenders Electronic Daily (TED)..."
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
"...TED is updated and published at set times meaning that there can be a small time delay between a notice appearing on sell2waless and on TED. Advertising for this tender has been undertaken fully in line with European Regulations."
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