DLA Piper has worked recently on many projects concerning FTTP (fibre to the premises) investments throughout Europe, and especially in the UK (including acting for Axione on the GBP£300m formation of Axione Fibre, for Northleaf on the GBP£100m acquisition of Quickline, and G Networks on their GBP£1billion fundraising as
Continue Reading Fibre to the Premises and the key definition of “premises passed”

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

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

[This is an updated version of my earlier blog piece from July to take account of revisions agreed through the legislative process since then.]

The new European Communications Code (the “Code” – which I have blogged about here) will introduce a mechanism allowing investments in fibre networks made by
Continue Reading Co-Investment Models for Broadband Infrastructure – an explanation and short critique (updated)