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Last edited 20 Nov 2020
Approved Document R
Article 8 of the 2014 Broadband Cost Reduction Directive required that new buildings and major renovations should include the provision of in-building physical infrastructure to support connections to superfast broadband.
In response to this, and following a consultation process carried out in 2015, the government introduced new regulations (SI 2016/490) which introduced requirements for in-building physical infrastructure for high-speed electronic communications networks, and Approved Document R, Physical infrastructure for high-speed electronic communication networks, to provide guidance on these requirements.
It introduces a requirement for infrastructure enabling the installation of copper or fibre-optic cables or wireless devices capable of delivering broadband speeds of more than 30 Mbps. In-building infrastructure is required from the service provider’s access point, to the occupier’s network termination point.
The service provider's access point is ‘…the 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.’
The contents of the approved document are:
- The approved documents.
- The Building Regulations.
- Approved Document R, Physical infrastructure for high-speed electronic communication networks.
- Ductwork for copper and fibre optic cables.
- Satellite and wireless communications.
- Further information.
- Appendix A: Key terms.
- Appendix B: Documents referred to.
 Find out more
- Approved documents.
- Building regulations.
- Glossary of electrical terms.
- High-speed electronic communication network.
- ICT and Automation (ICTA) Scoping Study Report.
- In-building wireless.
- Information and communications technology.
- Internet of things.
- Local area network.
- Smart buildings.
- Smart cities.
- Smart technology.
- The future of electricity in domestic buildings.
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