2017 Report details for project: 700 MHz Clearance Programme

Project name: 700 MHz Clearance Programme - there are 3 reports for this project: 2017, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: DCMS (D5) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2017 (data is from Sept 2016)
Category: Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: Up to £600m has been made available to make the 700 MHz band available for mobile broadband. The programme consists of the following projects:1) Infrastructure programme to clear the spectrum – comprising implementing a new transmission frequency plan for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) broadcasting, building or modifying broadcast masts and antennas, including over 80 main transmitters, and administering the payment of grants to deliver this infrastructure work.2) Programme Making Special Events (PMSE) - putting in place alternative spectrum for the PMSE community and delivering a Help Scheme for current PMSE users impacted by the Programme.3) Viewer Support - communicating to DTT viewers if they need to retune their TV equipment, and providing support to affected viewers that may need to repoint or replace their aerials.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The Infrastructure and Projects Authority gave the 700 MHz Spectrum Clearance programme an Amber Delivery confidence rating in June 2016. This reflected the fact that the programmme was in the start up phase and that the completion date for the programme had not been confirmed. The programme has now moved into the delivery stage. We have invited IPA to review the programme again later this year.
Start date: 2016-01-13
End date: 2022-01-01
Schedule text: A plan for accelerated delivery of the programme was agreed in September 2016. This aims to clear 700MHz spectrum by mid-2020. A review in September 2017 is planned to confirm this accelarated delivery schedule.
Baseline: £71.78m
Forecast: £34.12m
Variance: -52.00%
Variance text: The financial profiles for the Programme were reprofiled in September 2016. Variances for 2016/17 financial year reflect efficiency savings, re-sheduling and infrastructure re-planning.
Whole Life Cost: £594.90m
WLCost text: Up to £600m has been made available to make the 700 MHz band available for mobile broadband.
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Sourcefile: IPA_2017.csv

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