2019 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: 2019 (data is from Sept 2018)
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 Amber RAG is reflective of the impact of the strategic risks materialising i.e national unplanned event/force majeure creates a new protected broadcaster lockdown. To address this, further focus has been on risk management and regular deep dives have been implemented and are being monitored via the Programme Board.
Start date: 2015-01-13
End date: 2022-01-01
Schedule text: Delivery remains on track. To clear the 700MHz band the programme will make changes to 95 main stations (and 126 relays) by spring 2021
Baseline: £164.30m
Forecast: £87.10m
Variance: -47.00%
Variance text: Ongoing underspend across all aspects of the 700MHz Programme, this is due to the original budget being set too high. The infrastructure and support costs continue to be refined as the programme progresses.
Whole Life Cost: £594.92m
WLCost text: The programme has identified a £100m underspend across the Spending Review period of which £45m has already been surrendered.
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