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Policy

Recent INCA policy work.

  • The Parliamentary Culture, Media & Sport Committee sought INCA's input to their inquiry. This was submitted 19 June 20. Here is the summary. The full response can be downloaded below.

    The Committee's questions were:

  • The Government has launched a Call For Evidence (CFE) in relation to the Access To Infrastructure (ATI) Regulation.

    Introduction

    Did you realise you already had the right to access passive physical infrastucture operated by others: telecoms, energy, water, roads - anything? If there's a trench, duct building or mast you could use, you have the right to ask for access on fair and reasonable terms and get a response within 2 months. And you have the same obligation to respond to requests to use your passive infrastructure. There are some caveats - national security, for example and also if your network offers a suitable active wholesale product.

  • The SWSIG Zoom Call to discuss progress on the Wholesale Platform Feasibility Study and the responses made by the OTA2 Option X & Y groups to Ofcom's 8 Jun 20 asks was at 2pm on Thurs 11 Jun 20. Here is the slide stack, a record of what was discussed and links to the recording.

    Agenda

    Introduction

    Ofcom call - feedback

  • This is a report on the SWSIG Zoom call on 21 May 20. It covers progress to date and further actions on the Wholesale Platform Feasibility Study and GPL Switching process.

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    As UK Government plans to step up fibre deployment targets, INCA has released a new report calling for properties without superfast broadband to be first in line for upgrades, despite additional time and complexity of deployments.

    Properties with the greatest need – rather than those which are easy to reach – should be prioritised for full fibre rollouts, according to a new report from GreySky Consulting for INCA.

  • A major change to the broadband industry affecting all network operators is coming and coming fast. Based on the new EU Electronic Communications Code (EECC), Ofcom is mandating a new method for consumers to be able to switch their broadband connection, which needs to be in place by 21st December 2020.

    The new method will be a "Gaining Provider-led" switching process where the customer is moving between retailers whether they use the same or different access infrastructures (e.g. Openreach to another wholesale platform & vice versa). It even applies to non-fibre or copper infrastructure such as FWA.

  • A major change to the broadband industry affecting all network operators is coming and coming fast. Based on the new EU Electronic Communications Code – EECC – Ofcom is mandating a new method for consumers to be able to switch their broadband connection. This needs to be in place in just a few months, by 21st December 2020.

    The new method will be a new Gaining Provider-led switching process where the Customer is moving between retailers whether they use the same or different access infrastructures (e.g. Openreach to another wholesale platform & vice versa). It even applies to non-fibre or copper infrastructure such as FWA.

  • INCA has submitted a detailed response to the Ofcom consultation Promoting competition and investment in fibre networks and their Initial proposals.

    Essentially the points we make are:

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    New INCA and Point Topic survey finds industry expects this to rise – but INCA CEO says there is still more to be done to meet Government targets

    A new report has today revealed that the UK’s independent network providers increased full-fibre coverage by 30% in 2018, reaching almost 1.3 million premises. Compiled for INCA by Point Topic, using data from independent network operators, the report – ‘Metrics for the UK independent network sector’ – puts the total number of premises passed or addressed by altnets at nearly 3.32 million premises. This includes more than two million premises which are estimated to be covered by Fixed Wireless Access (FWA).

  • Are you ready for Switching and Migration in the market?

    It is increasingly apparent that the move to all-IP services represents both an opportunity and a threat to altnets. As the industry gears itself up for the move away from POTS delivered over copper, INCA members need to be ready. Customers will be switching to fibre and All-IP services and it’s vitally important that switching to altnet services is a realistic proposition for the customer and for the service providers.

    We therefore invite any and all members who have an interest to let us know – just complete the form below to sign-up to our Switching/IP Migration group – and help us develop policy on this important subject. INCA is represented on:

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