CDS 2019 OMR Public Consultation

The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) programme is striving to extend the availability of Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband across its programme area. For reference, NGA networks generally rely wholly or partly on optical elements (optical fibre) and offer substantially higher upload speeds compared to Basic Broadband networks, with download speeds in excess of 30Mbps.

Prior to launching new procurements for extending NGA coverage, CDS is holding a public consultation on their Open Market Review (OMR) (conducted between 02/05/2019 and 15/06/2019). The OMR process asked broadband infrastructure providers about their current and future rollouts of both NGA and Basic Broadband over the next three years, and their submissions have been used to work out where the market is set to deliver over this period, as well as identifying the areas outside of private sector plans.

This public consultation now seeks to set out the proposed intervention area for any forthcoming procurements to enable all interested stakeholders (including the public, businesses, internet service providers and broadband infrastructure operators) to comment on the proposals. This provides an opportunity for broadband infrastructure providers to review CDS’s mapping to ensure that it correctly represents the information provided by the market during the course of the OMR.

Full details of this consultation and our required response can be found here: 2016-NBS-Public-Consultation-Document-FINAL

Summary of the Coverage Identified from the OMR Process that we are Consulting On

Next Generation Access (NGA) Coverage

After reviewing each operator’s OMR submissions, the following criteria have been used by CDS to determine the classification of postcode areas into NGA White/Grey/Black areas respectively:

  • a postcode is turned Grey if there is only one broadband infrastructure provider offering NGA services (supporting minimum speeds of at least 30 Mbps) to that postcode.
  • a postcode is turned Black if there are at least two broadband infrastructure providers offering NGA services (supporting minimum speeds of at least 30 Mbps) to that postcode.
  • all other postcodes remain White. NB if there is at least one premise within a postcode that currently has speeds of sub 15 Mbps, this will classify the entire postcode as NGA White.
POSTCODE

 

Number of Postcodes Number of Black Premises Number of Grey Premises Number of White Premises Number of Under Review Premises
White 14,671 1,495 70,084 95,065 4,930
Grey 38,452 7,279 570,663 0 0
Black 12,421 258,379 9,417 0 0
‘Under Review’[1] 4,243 1,827 62,648 0 18,707

[1] The under review premises within these postcodes will be subject to monitoring and review as explained within the consultation document linked to above.

A premises level map of the above coverage can be found here (https://cdsomrmap.z6.web.core.windows.net) in addition to the postcode level map shown below:

Click here to view the list of NGA postcodes being considered in the Consultation

Basic Broadband Coverage

The consultation process also requires us to map so called Basic Broadband coverage. For reference, Basic Broadband networks are generally those based on currently widely-deployed technologies such as fixed wired telephony networks (e.g. ADSL/ADSL2+ technologies), non-enhanced cable TV networks (eg DOCSIS 2.0), mobile networks (2G/3G (UMTS)), some fixed wireless access (FWA) networks, and satellite networks.

The following criteria have been used by CDS to determine the classification of postcode areas into Basic White/Grey/Black areas respectively:

  • a postcode is turned Grey if there is only one broadband infrastructure provider offering Basic Broadband services (supporting minimum speeds of at least 2 Mbps and less than 30Mbps) to that postcode.
  • a postcode is turned Black if there are at least two broadband infrastructure providers offering Basic Broadband services (supporting minimum speeds of at least 2 Mbps and less than 30Mbps) to that postcode.
  • all other postcodes remain White.

Click here to view the list of basic broadband postcodes being considered in the Consultation