Designing, building and operating telecom networks will likely mean collaboration with other organisations and specialists.
5G opens up new routes to deployment, which require careful consideration of the various procurement routes and processes available. Identifying the right route to market can help inform the development of a business case and the identification of the right partners.
Private and public sector organisations working together can be tricky, and successful partnerships require recognition of the commercial realities of any engagement (the private sector organisation must be able to make a profit) and clear identification of what the local authority can contribute to the partnership (such as the value of any assets provided).
“We can’t realise the ambition we have, on our own”
Liz St Louis, Sunderland City Council
Similarly private sector organisations must understand the drivers and challenges for local authorities.
Navigating your way through these considerations can seem overwhelming. Which is why we've spoken to local authorities - and the private sector organisations they've worked with - to identify key learnings and advice from their own experiences.