Openreach, BT’s local network division has begun trialling new, simplified duct and pole sharing processes with five communications providers (CPs) across the UK. The trials could see new fibre broadband networks being built across the country, as they give companies the ability to carry out more work themselves, more quickly and efficiently, without seeking permission from Openreach.
Openreach’s ducts and poles have been available for other companies to use since 2011, and these efforts to streamline the process have been developed by an industry working group, which launched in November 2015.
The company hopes that the improved access to Openreach infrastructure will encourage more CPs to invest in connecting areas of the UK that are not presently served by existing fibre networks.
Openreach is separately working to create new digital maps which will chart its UK network infrastructure and further support any CP that wishes to plan and deploy their own new fibre networks.