Physical Infrastructure Access (PIA) provides the ability for you to share Openreach's duct and pole infrastructure in our access network so that you may deploy your next generation access networks in order to offer superfast broadband and telephony services to your customers.
PIA consists primarily of duct and pole sharing:
With the duct sharing product, BT grants a licence for you to install sub duct in our access duct within which you can install your cable.
With the pole sharing product, BT grants you a licence for you to attach and maintain equipment on our existing Openreach owned poles. All work must be done in compliance with specified engineering rules and health and safety standards but it is a much more critical requirement for poles.
Key benefits of both duct sharing and pole sharing:
Both duct sharing and pole sharing are part of the many things we are doing to underpin the UK digital economy vision.
Specifically for our customers who wish to build their own NGA network, we are working with them and other parties to offer access to our ducts and poles.
We think that if other network owners do the same with their infrastructure and offer a range of innovative "virtually unbundled" and open access wholesale products like Generic Ethernet Access (GEA) as we do, it will assist in getting super-fast broadband to all communities in the United Kingdom.
Public funded broadband projects
Where BT has utilised public funding to enhance its existing infrastructure to roll out SFBB within a specific geographic location, Communications Providers who are accessing the enhanced infrastructure and investing, building, managing and commercially exploiting competing NGA networks in the same area can apply for an extension to the use of facilities installed under PIA to deliver non NGA services within that area. This extension (PIA Plus) will be subject to additional terms and conditions on application, this can be requested via your Sales and Relationship Manager.
For a period of 12 months only from the 28th April 16 , Openreach are going to relax some of the requirements for PIA. These are contained in the General Side Letter.
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