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The Building (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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Regulation 7

SCHEDULE 2Part to be inserted for Part M (Physical infrastructure for high-speed electronic communications networks) of the principal Regulations

This schedule has no associated Explanatory Memorandum

PART MPhysical infrastructure for high-speed electronic communications networks

Application and interpretation

77A.(1) Regulation 77B applies only to building work that consists of—

(a)the erection of a building; or

(b)major renovation works.

(2) Regulation 77B shall not apply to—

(a)a building for which compliance with regulation 77B would unacceptably alter its character or appearance and which is—

(i)a protected building; or

(ii)a building being any monument for the time being subject to Part II of the Historic Monuments and Archaeological Objects (Northern Ireland) Order 1995(1);

(b)a building situated in an isolated area where the prospect of high-speed connection is considered too remote to justify equipping the building with high-speed-ready in-building physical infrastructure or an access point; and

(c)a building subject to major renovation works in which the cost of compliance with regulation 77B would be disproportionate to the benefit gained.

(3) In this Part—

“Access point” means a physical point, located inside or outside the building, accessible to undertakings providing or authorised to provide public communications networks, where connection to the high-speed-ready in-building physical infrastructure is made available;

“High-speed electronic communications network” means an electronic communication network which is capable of delivering broadband access services at speeds of at least 30 Mbps;

“High-speed-ready in-building physical infrastructure” means in-building physical infrastructure intended to host elements or enable delivery of high-speed electronic communications networks;

“In-building physical infrastructure” means physical infrastructure or installations at the end-user’s location, including elements under joint ownership, intended to host wired and/or wireless access networks, where such access networks are capable of delivering electronic communications services and connecting the building access point with the network termination point;

“Major renovation works” means works at the end-user’s location encompassing structural modifications of the entire in-building physical infrastructure or of a significant part of it;

“Network termination point” means the physical point at which a subscriber is provided with access to a public communications network; in the case of networks involving switching or routing, the network termination point is identified by means of a specific network address, which may be linked to a subscriber number or name;

“Protected building” has the meaning assigned to it by regulation 38 in Part F; and

“Public communications network” means an electronic communications network used wholly or mainly for the provision of electronic communications services available to the public which support the transfer of information between network termination points.

In-building physical infrastructure

77B.(1) Building work shall be carried out so as to ensure that a building is adequately equipped with a high-speed-ready in-building physical infrastructure up to the network termination points.

(2) Where the building work concerns a multi-dwelling building, the building work shall be carried out so as to ensure that the building is adequately equipped with a common access point.

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