by Nick Flitterman

Welsh Government

In a team lead by Frauke Bialokoz, Portland Advisers has been advising the IT Procurement Team in the Welsh Government on the Next Generation Broadband for Wales (NGBW) project.

Following a competitive process BT was awarded the Next Generation Broadband project for Wales in July 2012 , subject to European State Aid approvals. Following completion (scheduled for the end of 2015), 96 per cent of businesses and homes in Wales will be able to access a fibre-based broadband service. The project will specifically target the 52% of premises in Wales for which there is currently no planned commercial roll out of broadband. It will build on commercial investment already made or planned by the private sector.

Portland Advisers acted as financial adviser to the Welsh Government’s procurement team, providing advice from the early stages with soft market testing to the procurement itself where we were involved throughout by developing evaluation criteria and methodology, providing commercial input into the documents and assisting with all financial aspects of the competitive dialogue process.

An announcement by the Welsh Government regarding the EC decision approving the UK’s National Broadband schemes from November 2012 can be found here.

For further information contact Frauke at frauke.bialokoz@portlandadvisers.com or on +44 20 7183 8386.

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