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July 23, 2011  8:42 AM

Will Ofcom and the European Commission make the BDUK Framework a Dead Duck

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, consultation, European Commission, framework, Ofcom

The recent capping by Ofcom of BT wholesale prices in the 11.7% of the country where it is the only provider is a long overdue but most welcome exercise of its powers. The requirement on BT to undercut inflation by...

July 3, 2011  12:39 PM

“Best in Europe” or “what BT can deliver under the business model imposed on them by Ofcom”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Aediles, BDUK, BT, framework, Ofcom, PQQ

My blog on the new BDUK framework and qualifying questionnaire has triggered an interesting e-mail correspondence. One sent me an

June 30, 2011  5:36 PM

Broadband UK moves to exclude Big Society community consortia

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
framework, OJEU, PSN

I am told that Broadband UK has issued a pre-qualification questionnaire for its procurement framework for rural access networks that contains all  the "usual" clauses that prevent organisations without a relevant trading...

June 1, 2011  10:39 AM

Will the proposed BDUK framework do more harm than good?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, BIS, DCMS, DECC, Duopoly, framework, Janet, NEN, OCEAN, Ofgem, Oftel, PIN, Procurement, PSN, Sky

Last week, in Brussels, Ed Vaizey talked of the need to use market forces to pull through investment in broadband. A day later Jeremy Hunt wrote to MPs on the replacement of central competitions for funding by allocations to authorities to "be made available once we have...

November 19, 2010  10:33 AM

Does centralised ICT procurement give better value?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CCTA, Desktop21, framework

Ministers are talking of massive decentralisation to save money except for procurement where there are supposedly massive savings from bulk buying or ICT, where the savings from systems inter-operability and the re-use of previously purchased software can be substantial....

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