New law will give telcos easier access to apartment blocks



The government is introducing a new law that will make it easier for broadband operators to install and modernize outlets in multi-family homes.

Under the current system, providers must request permission to access the building in order to complete their work. However, 40 percent of all applications receive no answer. The only other approach is to go to court, which can be a time-consuming and expensive process.

A cheaper and faster procedure is now being introduced in cases where landlords have not responded to an access request. The timeframe would be shortened from months to weeks.

Gigabit Broadband

Operators have frequently complained about the situation, and now the government, which is intent on giving the vast majority of the United Kingdom access to ultra-fast broadband, has taken action.

"We are now ensuring that people living in multi-family homes and apartments can not stay behind and benefit from the tremendous benefits of the fastest and most resilient Internet connections," said Culture Minister Nicky Morgan.

The current government target for the shutdown of the UK copper network is 2033, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants it to be brought forward to 2025. The industry has said such an ambitious goal is out of the question – but only if the regulations are favorable and the government governs financial support is in place.

The government estimates that up to 80 percent of the country will be covered by BT and other commercial missions, but wants the industry to move forward. Some have estimated the total cost of coverage expansion across the country – including rural areas – at £ 30 billion.

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Earlier this month, the government released a £ 5bn package, but the industry wants more as bureaucracy and other restrictions limit investment capacity. Facilitating access to properties is a step in the right direction.

It is alleged that additional 3,000 buildings will be connected at gigabit speeds per year due to new legislation.

"This new law is something that Virgin Media has long called for, breaking a broadband threshold as we invest to provide our entire growing network with gigabit speed," said Lutz Schüler, CEO of Virgin Media. "By giving clear and efficient access rights to broadband manufacturers, the many forgotten homes across the country are getting the next generation connectivity they deserve."

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