13th March 2023
The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Act 2022 was enacted on 6 December 2022 . The purposes behind the Act are to:
The latter will be of particular interest to landowners and telecoms operators.
Key points for landowners and operators to note about the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Act 2022 include:
It is to be hoped that the changes enacted in the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Act 2022 will help to ensure that at least 85% of UK premises can access a 1Gbps capable network by the end of 2025, and that 4G mobile coverage is extended to 95% of the UK in the same time frame.
The changes will certainly mean that landowners will need to be extra vigilant when it comes to responding to communications from operators. All parties will have to be alive to changes that affect their approach to Code agreement negotiations and dispute resolution.
Our specialist real estate litigators are experienced and expert in acting for both landowners and occupiers/operators in relation to Code leases/agreements. We can provide proactive strategic and practical advice in connection with any Code-related communications and/or renewal negotiations. We are well versed in all aspects of ADR, including mediation and arbitration processes, and will be able to help resolve any Code-related disputes as and when they do arise.
For further information or training on any aspect of the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Act 2022, or for advice or assistance in relation to any Code-related agreement or lease renewal issue, please do not hesitate to contact Lewis Couth, Mehek Sattar or any member of the Real Estate Litigation team.
 Sections relating to jurisdiction and transitional provisions only came into force on 6 December 2022. Other provisions will be enacted in accordance with future regulations, on a date/dates to be confirmed
 Electronic Communications Code (“the Code“)