Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Legal insight: Regulatory reforms to facilitate FTTP

By Chris Kelly, Total Telecom
Friday 16 March 18

Rebecca Clarke, legal director in the Commercial and Intellectual Property Team at Hill Dickinson, looks at the regulatory reforms that are necessary to streamline the rollout of Fibre to the Property (FTTP) services

EU and UK policies have led to large-scale investment in telecoms infrastructure in recent years. Although the UK is on its way to meet the first 2020 target (full 30 mbps coverage) largely through FTTC deployments, there is still some way to go in respect of the second (access to 100Mbps or higher connections for 50% of premises). The European Parliamentary Research Service Briefing dated February 2018 states that the EU Commission estimates that there is a 500billion Euro investment gap over the coming decade. The Fibre to the Home Council’s research estimates that 137 billion Euros is needed by 2025. However, this level of investment is at risk due to regulatory uncertainty. With the UK on the verge of further public and private investment to upgrade the “last mile”, we discuss some of the regulatory reforms introduced to facilitate roll out. The Electronic Communications Code 2017 (&ldquo…

EU and UK policies have led to large-scale investment in telecoms infrastructure in recent years. Although the UK is on its way to meet the first 2020 target (full 30 mbps coverage) largely through FTTC deployments, there is still some way to go in respect of the second (access to 100Mbps or higher connections for 50% of premises). The European Parliamentary Research Service Briefing dated February 2018 states that the EU Commission estimates that there is a 500billion Euro investment gap over the coming decade. The Fibre to the Home Council’s research estimates that 137 billion Euros is needed by 2025. However, this level of investment is at risk due to regulatory uncertainty. With the UK on the verge of further public and private investment to upgrade the “last mile”, we discuss some of the regulatory reforms introduced to facilitate roll out. The Electronic Communications Code 2017 (&ldquo…

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