Network in Advance (NIA)


NIA supports the successful delivery of connectivity to sites in locations which are remote from existing fibre network or that present additional route challenges in reaching the site. It's a project managed service where the Communication Providers (CPs) can request that Openreach build off-site network (duct infrastructure and fibre delivery) in advance of placing a formal product order. NIA gives CPs the option to progress complex off-site infrastructure build in parallel with finalising site specifics and wayleaves. This allows CPs to remove from the projects' critical path, the delays associated with finalising the site design and wayleaves and so de-risk the overall delivery.

Key benefits

  • NIA provides CPs with the flexibility to initiate Openreach build of off-site infrastructure ahead of a product order
  • NIA offers Project Services co-ordination to progress complex infrastructure build in advance of site readiness so that fibre network is delivered to an agreed build end point, ahead of a firm product order from the CP. Project Services co-ordination of NIA will be provided by the Openreach VACS team
  • NIA supports the successful delivery of connectivity to sites in locations which are remote from existing fibre network or that present additional route challenges in reaching the site, by addressing these challenges before the customer places their product order
  • Time-critical projects can be de-risked by starting the infrastructure build as soon as possible and then any subsequent product orders will require minimal further infrastructure build to connect, greatly reducing lead times and improving the certainty as to when the product order will be delivered
  • The CP will be asked to sign the CNS Contract in order to formalise the terms and conditions for the service


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