Installing physical infrastructure that enables high-speed internet access is more cost-effective and less disturbing for residents, if done at the time of construction or implementation of major renovation. If the buildings are equipped with the necessary infrastructure, companies can install cables or other active equipment quicker and at significantly lower costs, allowing them to offer their services faster and to more citizens.

Articles 8 and 9 of the Directive on measures to reduce the cost of deploying high-speed electronic communications networks ensure high-speed-ready, accessible in-building physical infrastructure in all newly constructed and majorly renovated buildings.

To achieve this objective, the buildings for which permits are submitted after 31 December 2016 must be equipped with:

  • physical infrastructure, such as mini-ducts capable of hosting high-speed networks, and
  • an easily accessible access point for the providers of public communications networks who wish to terminate their networks at the premises of the subscriber.

Such buildings shall be eligible to receive the voluntary “broadband-ready” label in Member States where this is available.

Moreover, without prejudice to property rights, every provider of public communications networks shall have the right to access any in-building physical infrastructure under fair and non-discriminatory terms and conditions, if duplication is technically impossible or economically inefficient.

For buildings not equipped with high-speed-ready in-building infrastructure, every public communication network provider can terminate its network at the premises of the subscriber subject to the subscriber's agreement and provided that it minimises the impact on the property of third parties.