MD1084 Super connected cities Project

Type of decision: 
Mayoral decision
Code: 
MD1084
Date signed: 
05 March 2014
Decision by: 
Boris Johnson MP (past staff), Mayor of London

Executive summary

On 24th September 2012 DCMS announced that the GLA’s application for £25m of Urban Broadband Funding was successful. The funding will be used by the GLA in its Super connected cities project which aims to assist in the roll out of ultrafast (80-100 Mbps) broadband and wireless connectivity across a number of areas in London. DCMS funding will be granted subject to a final briefing on the Super connected cities project to occur in November.

This is a highly ambitious and technical project with extremely tight timelines (set by DCMS, the investment programme to be delivered by March 2015). Accordingly, specialist expertise is required both in project planning and delivery.

Expert support is now required urgently to develop project plan for and the practical delivery of the project, which it is planned will commence in January 2013 and will run for the duration of the project until March 2015. DCMS have made clear that a dedicated project management team will be required to undertake considerable project development work and advised that expert input be sought in this regard.

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice