Rural broadband ISP Gigaclear, which is building a new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network to cover 500,000 premises in England by the end of 2023 (300,000 completed), has been awarded the Path to Collaboration award (PTC) by Openreach (BT) – an initiative that should help accelerate their deployment.
PTC is an important status under Openreach Access to physical infrastructure (PIA), which widely recognizes that Gigaclear engineers have achieved a high standard of work using the incumbent’s nationwide network of ducts and poles to run their own fiber. As a result, they should benefit from a much simpler approval process and thus be able to accelerate their pace of deployment.
Not all alternative network providers (AltNet) have achieved PTC status, although a few have achieved it (Truespeed, Trooli, etc.) and they won’t be the last.
Caitlin Johnston, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Gigaclear, said:
“This is a significant milestone for us and reflects the hard work, exceptional capability and dedication shown by our delivery teams and construction partners. We appreciate the partnership and growing relationship we have built with Openreach and the collaborative approach that has been taken to achieve this status.
Openreach said Gigaclear provided “good documentation and high quality of applications“, before adding that they were”delighted” to support the operator in securing PTC. But admittedly, PIA would not exist in its current form without Ofcom’s regulation and the broader push for greater market competition at the infrastructure level.