In October 2015 the Royal Borough of Greenwich launched its Smart City strategy. The Borough seeks to be smart, innovative and responsive to the challenges of a rising population, economic growth, congestion and an ageing population. Many of the range of initiatives and aspirations presented share the common need of access to a world class, affordable and ultrafast digital infrastructure to aid economy growth, facilitate service transformation and the serve the needs of neighborhoods and communities.
The challenge is to identify the current and planned infrastructure in the area and to assess how the Royal Borough of Greenwich can achieve its aspiration to become an Ultrafast Borough by encouraging further private sector investment or intervening in the market.
Working with management consultancy Cube, and legal firm Dentons, FarrPoint conducted an Open Market Review to identify, from private sector service providers, the existing and planned infrastructure for the Borough and consulted with network equipment providers over their technology roadmaps. The team carried out an audit of assets and contracts related to ICT to obtain a full picture of how the Borough might work with partners and identify any potential barriers to progress. By then consulting with private sector users, we developed the picture of future demand and considering the evidence, in consultation with the Regulator, DCMS and the EU Commission, and set out the digital strategy in the Spring of 2016.
A range of options were prepared for the Borough covering those that were pragmatic low risk through to more ambitious interventions, in each case including associated finance and resource implications. A recommended approach was provided which allowed the Borough to proceed through a structured approach that complimented market activities and remained compliant with state aid and other regulations.