The Gigabit Infrastructure Act (GIA) entered into force on 11 May 2024. It will be fully applicable in November 2025, replacing the Broadband cost-reducing directive (BRCD). It set a bold vision for ultra-fast connectivity and comprehensive 5G coverage across Europe by 2030. This transformative legislation aims to bridge the digital divide, boost economic growth, and enhance the quality of life for millions of Europeans.

The GIA aims to facilitate and stimulate the provision of Very High-Capacity Networks (VHCN), e.g., fibre networks. It will be achieved through several key measures:

  • Shared Use of Infrastructure –  It encourages using ducts and poles to deploy VHCN to optimise resources and reduce costs. 
  • Co-deployment and Coordination of Civil Works –  enabling telecom operators to collaborate with public works projects to install new  telecoms infrastructure simultaneously, reducing disruptions and expediting broadband expansion. 
  • Streamlining Administrative Procedures – Simplifying administrative procedures related to network rollout throughout the EU to reduce bureaucratic hurdles and improve efficiency. 
  • Equipping Buildings with High-speed Ready Infrastructure – Encouraging the provision of buildings with high-speed ready infrastructure and ensuring access to it to facilitate broadband deployment and adoption. 

By encouraging the joint use of existing physical infrastructure and facilitating the efficient deployment of new infrastructure, the Gigabit Infrastructure Act (GIA) ensures faster and more cost-effective network rollouts.

There are certain challenges and considerations to be taken in the implementation of the GIA. One of the primary requirements of the GIA is for the local authorities to facilitate access to information on asset location, condition, and availability through a Single Information Point (SIP) i.e. mapping of infrastructure. It raises a few questions, i.e. will each local authority require their own SIP, or will it be regionalised? Novegen has developed SIPs for Irish county councils – Dublin City Council (DCC) and South Dublin County Council (SDCC), enabling them to be future-ready. 

The GIA presents a unique opportunity to bridge the digital divide and propel Europe towards a more connected future. Novegen is committed to being your trusted partner in achieving this vision. Partner with Novegen today—Book a consultation call and prepare for a future-ready tomorrow!