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DCMS seeks telecoms delivery supremo

David Bicknell Published 02 May 2017

£125K role will be responsible for delivery of three major projects, including ensuring that 95% of UK premises have access to Superfast Broadband by December this year


The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is to appoint a director for telecoms delivery responsible for the delivery of three major projects around broadband and full fibre networks.

The role, which carries an annual salary of around £125K (SCS Pay Band 2) will be expected to make sure 95% of premises in the UK have access to Superfast Broadband by December 2017; clear the 700MHz spectrum band of existing users by mid-2020, making it available for mobile broadband use; and also lead the £200m new Local Full Fibre Network programme to incentivise investment in full fibre networks.

The director will lead a team of around 60 people and have direct line management responsibility for three deputy directors. He or she will report directly to DCMS director general, digital and media Matthew Gould.

As well as delivering the Superfast Broadband programme, the director will have to clear the 700MHz spectrum band of existing users, such as digital terrestrial TV broadcasters and programme makers by mid-2020 and make the spectrum available for mobile broadband use. The programme has a budget of up to £600m.

The local full-fibre programme is intended to deliver a significant improvement in digital connectivity by incentivising and supporting investment in full fibre networks to deploy them more quickly and in more places. The first projects under the four year programme are due to launch this year.

Key responsibilities for the role will include hitting “all three programmes to time and budget, hitting KPIs, following best practice in programme delivery, and effectively tackling problems and delays.”

The closing date for applications for the role is Wednesday May 24.


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