Draft BEREC Report on Access to physical infrastructure in the context of market analysis
Physical infrastructure (such as ducts and poles used to deploy networks) represents a significant proportion of the investment in NGA networks. Measures aimed at facilitating greater use of existing physical infrastructure can reduce the civil engineering works required to deploy new networks, significantly lowering costs.
In this report, “physical infrastructure” refers to civil engineering infrastructure able to accommodate electronic communications networks, such as ducts, chambers, manholes and poles, in line with the definition used in the Broadband Cost Reduction Directive (BCRD). As a consequence, dark fibre and the unbundling of fibre or copper lines are not included in the scope of physical infrastructure.