GEN117/20 Additional guidance related to pricing for leased lines used to aggregate FTTP

23/12/2020    For Information

This briefing is for all Communications Providers (CPs).

This briefing provides additional guidance notes to CPs about price changes for leased line circuits being used to aggregate FTTP to multiple homes and business premises. These guidance notes were shared with CPs at the Ethernet Product & Commercial Group on 15 December 2020.

The following guidance notes have been presented to Communications Providers (CPs) at the Ethernet Product & Commercial Group (EPCG) on 15 December 2020. They provide clarifications to questions raised by CPs relating to Openreach’s pricing change set out here GEN10220 and ACCN OR675.

Guidance note 1. The change is specific to leased line circuits that are being used to connect aggregation nodes for Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) deployments connecting multiple end-user site premises in street locations (e.g. residential streets of houses, business and industrial parks and mixed-use housing and business developments). Here the leased line circuit is being used to create an access network to serve FTTP to multiple end-user sites / premises which is what Physical Infrastructure Access (PIA) is intended for.

Guidance note 2. The change relates to fibre networks and the provision of FTTP to multiple end-user sites. This change does not apply to leased lines connecting wireless (Fixed Wireless Access) and mobile (cellular) networks.

Guidance note 3. Leased lines providing inter-exchange connectivity between Openreach exchanges are not affected by this pricing change.

Guidance note 4. Leased lines between Openreach’s exchanges and carrier neutral third-party data centres (which are deregulated) are not affected by this pricing change.

Guidance note 5. This change does not apply to Leased Lines serving a single building which is split down to serve multiple units typically for business, but also residential (Multiple Occupancy/Dwelling Units) e.g. an apartment building / block of flats, on the basis that this is providing a leased line service direct to a single end-user site. How the service is then used and internally configured and cabled within the building is a matter for the individual CP.

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