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Ofcom announces new DPA rules to support full-fibre roll out

Ben Allwright, CEO

Flomatik dpa surveys

The UK could hit its full-fibre targets more quickly, now that Ofcom has ruled that access to BT Ducts and Poles be opened up to rival providers. In recent news, Ofcom plans to include further targeted price controls within the DPA regulation, to protect AltNet investments against Openreach under-cutting FTTH wholesale prices. Furthermore, the remedy might include important industry-wide SLAs, ensuring that Openreach clears blocked ducts and repairs faulty infrastructure, enabling more predictable and faster builds for full-fibre network builders. Significant factors within an initiative that could increase coverage of full fibre in the UK, from 3% today to up to 20% by 2020.

Flomatik is delighted to see DPA (PIA) moving further forward. Over the last few years, Flomatikā€™s established DPA cost modelling and application engineering capabilities, for both aerial and underground fibre networks, have helped clients to quantify and access these game-changing savings; savings that are not limited to capital expenditures during deployment but continue in ongoing operations.

To support this transition, Flomatik has also honed its Survey and Design services, leveraging the latest automation tools to produce cost optimised, high volume and high-quality DPA designs. Flomatik can advise CSPs how to conform to specific engineering criteria too, so that joint Openreach surveys are not needed, simplifying access to DPA.

For more information about our surveys and cost modelling please email Stewart Pert.

Read the full Ofcom article here.