You may have recently been approached by other communications providers (CPs), asking to share the duct and boxes that you have installed on site on behalf of Openreach.
We wanted to clarify our position on this and provide some details if you would choose to take this option.
we offer a duct and pole sharing product to CPs for our existing network, this
product is known as Physical Infrastructure Access (PIA).
is only available to those CPs who have applied for, and been accepted, as an
‘established user’ of PIA by Openreach and this is subject to agreement of
specific terms and prices. Being established means that they can install in our
existing duct and boxes, or on our poles, their own apparatus and cables.
Details of this can be found on our website.
is keen to support CPs in gaining access to Openreach ducts and boxes on new
developments, and to make this process as clear and understandable as possible
we would like to clarify what this actually means and how this would affect
you have installed the Openreach infrastructure to the correct standards and
the network is ready to receive service i.e. the fibre cable can be installed
within the duct, then the CPs can apply to use that duct to provide their
the CP to qualify to use that network they must first:
already applied to Openreach and been accepted as an established user of PIA.
an agreement with you to install their infrastructure and have access to your
site. Note: you are not obliged to provide this, it’s entirely your decision.
their own wayleave permission from either you or the landowner (as appropriate)
to install their infrastructure (Note: the wayleave that has been agreed
between Openreach and you or the appropriate landowner does not extend to their
CP would apply to Openreach on an individual site basis for agreement to
install their cables (which may be either copper or fibre) and connections into
the Openreach underground network.
must be noted that the CP would not use Openreach’s equipment inside the new
property. They would need to install their own equipment within each property,
alongside that of Openreach, to supply the service from their advertised CPs.
you be approached by CPs and you agree that they can install their apparatus
and cables within the Openreach underground network (subject to the conditions
outlined above), the CP will then contact the Openreach PIA team to proceed.