Imagine a major construction project – all is running smoothly, on plan, on budget. Steel structure is up, walls and ceilings are being put in, fixtures & fittings are next. But, wait, it is the year 2017 – a time where connectivity and mobility are no longer a nice to have, but a must have. In this case the only solution is now a retrofit of a wireless infrastructure that is robust, secure and sufficient for current and possibly future requirements. For many construction projects across the country the installation of wireless infrastructure is still an afterthought even though the process is more efficient as well as cost effective when included in initial plans.
In England, these scenarios are looking to become a thing of the past.
The 2014 Broadband Cost Reduction Directive stated that new buildings and major renovations should include a provision of In-Building physical infrastructure to support superfast broadband connections. Following a consultation process in 2015, the government introduced new regulations to introduce the requirement for an In-Building physical infrastructure for high-speed electronic communications networks to new buildings and existing buildings that are in the major renovations stage in England. This regulation is entitled Approved Document R and came into effect on 1st January 2017. The Approved Document R provides guidance on the requirements for the physical infrastructure, such as enabling installation of copper or fibre optic cables or wireless devices capable of delivering broadband speeds of >30Mbps.
Why we at iWireless Solutions think this new regulation makes plenty of sense:
- Time and costs: Including wireless (ICT) into the overall construction planning, design and actual build process will not only be more time efficient but also reduce costs (e.g. avoid retrospective cabling) – as well as ensuring that sufficient equipment/comms room space has been allocated throughout the process.
- Performance: Getting the systems integrator involved from the design/architecture stage will ensure that wireless equipment can be fitted around/planned into the building aesthetics.
- Commercials: The process of negotiating the commercial and legal terms of a multi-operator solution can turn into a lengthy process, thus it is good practice to engage with the MNO’s early.
If you would like to discuss what the Approved Document R means for you and how iWireless Solutions can help you meet this new regulation don’t hesitate to get in touch by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 01342 305038.