Open Market Review

Home/Open Market Review
Open Market Review 2017-11-22T10:25:30+00:00

The Connecting South Gloucestershire Open Market Review (OMR) is now CLOSED. The information below is retained for reference only.

As part of this new procurement process, we are now commencing an Open Market Review (“OMR”) to establish existing and planned (next 3 years August 2019) commercial coverage of broadband services across the South Gloucestershire Council’s Superfast Programme 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 (NGA)) 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 contract.

The OMR Response Template will be released to providers via Supplying the South West Procurement Portal, which can be found at the end of this document

The Supplying the South West Procurement Portal site is independent from the South Gloucestershire Council’s own email/web site and allows access and retrieval of large files such as the OMR Response Template. In creating a log on user ID and password, you will be automatically registered to receive email alerts for the forthcoming South Gloucestershire Council Invitation to Tender documentation. Instructions for this are at the foot of this document.

Please note that the data you provide in your response will be treated as commercially confidential to South Gloucestershire Council, albeit that it may be necessary to share some/all of your response data with our professional advisors and/or DCMS/BDUK, Ofcom, BIS State Aid Branch and the European Commission in the course of seeking State Aid . It should also be noted that it is a State Aid requirement to utilise this information to produce State Aid maps to define white, grey and black areas for basic and NGA broadband. These maps will be published as part of the Public Consultation process and will be utilised to define the intervention area. However, please note that these published maps will be assimilated utilising data from all relevant operators and will not be directly attributed to a single source.

If you have any questions about any of the above, please the South Gloucestershire Council – Superfast programme team at

The OMR is open from 4 August 2016 and will close 4 September 2016.

A public consultation process will follow on from the OMR and will be published on this website in due course.

Note: NGA – capable of delivering 30 Megabits per second.