INCA welcomes PIA proposition

The Independent Networks Co-operative Association (INCA) has welcomed Ofcom’s decision which removes restrictions on the use of BT’s ducts and poles in the Physical Infrastructure Market Review.

The move to remove the usage and geographic scope restrictions aims to improve the attractiveness of the PIA product and help independent operators to build new networks more cost effectively.

“The decision by Ofcom to open up access to BT’s physical infrastructure gives our members a renewed opportunity to expand their networks further and more cost-effectively than before,” said Malcolm Corbett, CEO at INCA. “While passive infrastructure access is not a ‘silver bullet’ for reducing costs in all network builds, it is a useful part of the toolkit for an increasing number of INCA members. Consequently, Ofcom’s decision to remove usage restrictions makes a lot of sense.”

Industry players will discuss the full range of policy and regulatory measures designed to support competitive investment in digital infrastructure at INCA’s Annual Conference, #theRoadAhead, which takes place at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel on Wednesday, October 16 and Thursday, October 17. The conference agenda will feature a Tech Showcase, Investor Workshop, a Rural Workshop, plus sessions on the development of independent fibre and wireless operators, and the key policy and regulatory issues.

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David Dungay

Editor - Comms Business Magazine