Examination of Witness

Part of Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:38 pm on 15 March 2022.

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Till Sommer:

Yes, that is exactly right. If you cannot use existing infrastructure but you are still going to roll out the network, you need to dig up the roads. I assume you have all received lots of letters about roadworks and the problems that they cause. You either dig up the roads or put up new telegraph poles, which is more expensive and is another element of visual impairment and disruption. For that reason it is much more economical—and from a visual aspect, less intrusive—to reuse existing infrastructure.