Answers to questions about the SRN procurement process can be found below. Find out more on the main Procurement page.
The Acquisition, Design and Build (ADB) Framework was published in November 2021, the Managed Solution (MS) Framework was published in December 2021, the Transmission Framework was published in May 2022 and the Off-Grid Power Services Framework was published in July 2022. In essence, SRN will be procuring the majority of items and services needed to acquire, design and build the publicly funded sites, including site construction along with the equipment and services.
The procurements will be run under public sector rules and regulations. The exact types of procurement or procurements are still to be finalised but, at this stage, we expect “Open” procurements for most services. Details will be published on the website (srn.org.uk) as they become available.
The Acquisition, Design and Build (ADB) Framework was launched on 29 November, 2021 and the deadline for tenders was 4 February2022.
The Managed Solution (MS) Framework was published on 22 December 2021 and the deadline for tenders was 4 March 2022.
The Transmission Framework was published on 27 May 2022 and closed in August 2022.
The Off-Grid Power Services Framework was published on 15 July 2022.
The Contract Notice for the Off-Grid Power procurement can be found at this address:
We met with some potential bidders between October 2020 and the start of the procurements. These were a combination of 1-2-1 meetings and a larger supplier event towards the end of 2020. More information on any future activities will be published on srn.org.uk.
The procurements will be open to organisations of all sizes.
The procurements will be run using guidelines and processes detailed in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (“PCR15”) or as amended by the UK after the 1st January 2021.
The overall expected spend will be commensurate with the size and complexity of the sites involved.
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The details of which companies are registering interest are confidential. But we will be asking each that does register if they are open to us publishing (either publicly on our website or on a 1-2-1 basis via email) their contact details for organisations such as yours to be able to contact them.
We plan to send emails to organisations who have registered about updates to the programme or procurement but suggest that you also keep an eye on the SRN website.
We plan for the work to start in the second quarter of 2022 after the award of the initial procurements.
This is addressed by the selection questionnaire which is part of the formal procurement process.
The procurements will be run in a fair and transparent way so that all bidders are treated equally in accordance with the applicable legal and regulatory provisions.
Each MNO will have control over their programme approach but we are open to suggestions in regard to this, in accordance with the applicable legal and regulatory provisions
After the framework procurement is complete, each MNO will run further competitions which will award the call-offs, for the services they require, between that MNO and their selected supplier.
The full details will be released in the ITT documents.
Not at this stage; other procurements for professional services may be considered at a later stage.
Yes, the MNOs are able to work on particular lots if they have the skills in-house. If services are provided from in-house skill set these services will not be covered by government funding.
Whilst we aim to standardise, some sites may require bespoke arrangements or change, for example in order to meet planning requirements.
Service levels of all aspects of the procurements are under development along with other parts of the ITT documents.
There will be a different commercial approach for Acquisition, Design and Build (ADB) and Managed Solution (MS); one of the key reasons that we plan to run these two procurements. Full details of each are available in the respective ITT documents with an overview to be shared by email and at srn.org.uk.
The ownership model differs between Acquisition, Design and Build (ADB) and Managed Solution (MS). Full details of each are available in the respective ITT documents with an overview to be shared by email and at srn.org.uk.
The service model also differs between Acquisition, Design and Build (ADB) and Managed Solution (MS). The ADB framework will not contain the services for Operations and Maintenance while MS will and hence span over the full 20 years. Full details of each are available in the respective ITT documents with an overview to be shared by email and at srn.org.uk.
We are happy for bidders to decide who they will work with to provide solutions, but we expect the contracting supplier to take full end to end responsibility as a “Prime Contractor”. Suppliers will be required to disclose all other parties that make up that consortium
This is one of the areas that we are reviewing. We are open to suggestions on new technologies from potential bidders. Any approved bidder would be required to meet all standards, as set by each MNO.
There will be a common technical specification applicable to all sites, on this basis that standardisation of equipment across sites is expected, with some pre-approved exceptions. Each MNO will retain control of their respective site design.
We are not expecting any concessions in this area.
We are keen to get input from potential bidders as to what is possible and available so that we can develop the requirements.
The Transmission Plan is still currently under development and all options are being considered at this stage.
MNOs submitted their initial radio plans to Ofcom. A formal response was published by Ofcom in November 2020. These will be subject to change as more work is undertaken.
At this stage we are open to all options to fulfil this project.
The framework will be available for all MNOs to use across all lots.
It is currently planned that each MNO will have a number of sites distributed among them from a total pot of circa 315 TNS sites.
Yes the government has included the Shared Rural Network as part of its spending review for 2021/2022.
The SRN procurements run by DMSL are separate from those being run by the Home Office, such as Extended Area Service (EAS). Both procurements will be run independently of each other.