2015 Report details for project: Super-Connected City Programme

Project name: Super-Connected City Programme - there are 4 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
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Organisation: DCMS (D5) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2015 (data is from Sept 2014)
Category: Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: Super-Connected Cities (SCCP) is the Government’s key programme for improving service quality and supporting digital connectivity and business innovation in its major urban areas. 22 super-connected cities will benefit from faster and better broadband for small businesses. Cities will deploy wireless coverage to city centres and inside public buildings. £150 million Government investment has been allocated to SCCP to provide by March 2015 delivery of: - economic growth through faster and better broadband connections by achieving a minimum of 10,000 connection vouchers to Small/Medium Enterprises (SMEs) across 22 cities; - Wi-Fi Hotspots in up to 1,000 public buildings; and - Other digital connectivity projects to increase broadband capability by delivering SME business hubs and internet exchanges.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The programme is Amber.
Start date: 2012-12-05
End date: 2016-03-31
Schedule text: The Super Connected Cities Programme has delivered: - 17,000 vouchers to the original 22 cities up to the end of March 2015; - Wi-Fi in over 1,300 public buildings; and - Wi-Fi in over 1,400 transport projects. The majority of other digital connectivity projects have been delivered and the remainder are on track to complete by the end of 2015. The extended connection voucher scheme has provided a further 5,000 vouchers across 50 cities as at end May 2015.
Baseline: £117.58m
Forecast: £107.24m
Variance: -8.80%
Variance text: This data was correct at Q2. The SCCP voucher scheme is novel and demand led which makes accurate forecasting more challenging and subject to change. The key variables are: (i) Level of demand; (ii) Voucher price range £100 - £3k; (iii) variable installation lead times depending on technology and supplier and can take up to 12 months.
Whole Life Cost: £152.08m
WLCost text: As at Q2, committed funding of up to £152m was available to participating cities. Funding is only provided for what is delivered and paid in arrears on the basis of evidence. The scheme is on track to deliver its objectives within budget.
Notes1: Urban Broadband Fund - Super-Connected City Initiative
Sourcefile: IPA_2015.csv

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