A new digital procurement aiming to deliver full fibre ‘ultrafast’ broadband to public buildings in West Sussex has been launched.
West Sussex County Council has now begun an OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) procurement to select a supplier able to provide a long-term lease for full fibre broadband infrastructure capable of delivering ‘ultrafast’ speeds.
The County Council will lead the procurement on behalf of all seven District and Borough Councils in West Sussex. The focus of the procurement will be at sites managed by WSCC and includes a number of public sector buildings put forward by each District and Borough Council in a number of urban locations: Bognor Regis, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Crawley, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Littlehampton, Shoreham and Worthing.
Ultrafast broadband is the next generation of connectivity, capable of delivering download speeds from 1Gb (1,000 Mbps) using pure optical fibre.
County Councillor Bob Lanzer, Cabinet Member responsible for Highways and Infrastructure said: “The County Council and District and Borough Councils are joining together to build ultrafast broadband and connect to each other digitally, and ensure we meet the future need of public services.
"Public services will demand ultrafast speeds to connect to each other and communities, to share information, give and receive services and interact efficiently in a digital environment.
"By investing in full fibre infrastructure now we are getting our buildings and our public services ready for the future.”
WSCC also intends to create a framework agreement accessible to all public authorities active in West Sussex, for instance schools, the NHS and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Sussex Police, the West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue and Customs, Ministry of Justice and Courts, GP Surgeries, Office for National Statistics, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Department for Transport. The services of the successful supplier will also be made available to one neighbouring authority, Brighton & Hove City Council.
West Sussex County Council is seeking a sole service provider of a range of services including design, installation, support and maintenance of dark fibre connectivity circuits to a contracting authority’s sites over at least 20 years.