In March this year, DLA Piper published an article on Project Gigabit – the UK Government’s recently released plan to support nationwide coverage of gigabit-capable broadband throughout the UK. In our article we noted that the approach to the subsidy would be a procurement-led model, whereby prospective fibre operators bid
Continue Reading Project Gigabit Update: Ofcom releases details on Gigabit Infrastructure Subsidy Scheme

In 2018, we published an article setting out Ofcom’s commitment to supporting investment in full fibre broadband and highlighted changes Ofcom was planning to introduce to applicable market regulation to support investment in fibre networks.

Market regulation in the wholesale fixed telecommunications market set out in our article fell away
Continue Reading UPDATE: Regulation of Fibre Broadband in the UK: Ofcom publishes wholesale fixed telecommunications market review decisions for 2021-2026

In March 2020, the UK Government stated its plan in the 2020-2021 budget to dedicate £5 billion of government funding to support securing gigabit capable broadband in every home in the UK by the end of 2025.

Last Friday on 19 March, the UK Government announced Project Gigabit, the Government’s
Continue Reading Project Gigabit: The UK Government’s plan for nationwide gigabit capable Broadband

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As a result of the lockdown measures taken in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we have seen an increase around the world in the demand for digital
Continue Reading COVID-19 and the telecoms industry

This article is from February 2020, click to read the updated version from July 2020

In July 2019, the UK’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) concluded its Telecoms Supply Chain Review, aiming to create an evidence-based policy framework for the telecoms supply chain. As part of the
Continue Reading Huawei and use of high-risk vendors in UK telecoms networks

Infrastructure and institutional investors are increasingly turning their attention to digital infrastructure assets and the global rollout of fibre broadband. Fibre-to-the-home in particular is seen as an essential component of digital transformation and as providing a large pool of investment opportunities.

Though the sector has traditionally been dominated by telecoms
Continue Reading Fibre broadband networks: An investor’s introduction