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1 Innovative solutions in rights of way to support broadband development Antti Kohtala Ministry of Transport and Communications Finland Digital Agenda Assembly, Brussels, 16th June 2011

2 www.lvm.fi 2 Infrastructure networks Telecommunications cables Electricity cables Water supply networks Roads, railways, streets

3 www.lvm.fi 3 Coordinated construction of transport infrastructure, water supply networks and electricity and telecommunications cables  In cooperation with:  Ministry of Transport and Communications  Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry  Ministry of Employment anf the Economy  Ministry of Environment  Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities

4 www.lvm.fi 4 Why joint construction?(1/2)  In June 2009, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy gave strong support to joint construction of transport routes and telecommunications, energy supply and water supply networks.  Excavation work may account for up to 80 per cent of the total cost of building optical cables.  When networks are constructed as joint projects, excavation costs can be shared between actors. As a result, all those involved will save money. Cable ploughing carried out as a separate project

5 www.lvm.fi 5 Why joint construction?(2/2)  For the involved actors, this means savings amounting to tens or hundreds of millions of euros every year.  Many important infrastructure projects underway -> great potential for savings! –National broadband programme (100 Mbps by 2015 to everyone) –Transport investments –Water supply networks in rural areas –Upgrading electricity cables (from air to ground) A mid-voltage cable and the piping for a telecommunications cable in a new local detailed plan area in Janakkala

6 www.lvm.fi Mbps to everyone by 2015 (1/2)  The Finnish Government Resolution in December 2008: “By the end of 2015 all permanent residences shall be within two kilometres reach of high-speed broadband permitting at least 100 Mbps connections.” –Telecom operators will build mainly high-speed broadband on market terms. This will achieve a population coverage of around 95%. –Extending the coverage to ~100% will require that partly subsidised high-speed connections will be built to around 130,000 households in rural areas. A pipe to be laid under a road and a mid- voltage cable in a new local detailed plan area in Janakkala

7 www.lvm.fi Mbps to everyone by 2015 (2/2)  In subsidized rural areas’ projects –Telecom operator pays at least one third –Public aid – two thirds – in rural areas will be provided by the state, municipalities and the EU.  State budget 66 million euros  EU 25 million euros  Municipalities 41 million euros Joint installation of the water supply network and optical fibre cabling. The optical fibre cable is laid inside the installation pipe using the blowing technology.

8 www.lvm.fi 8 Maps of eligible areas in 19 regions of Finland Built-up areas and commercial extension areas (no public aid) Rural areas eligible for public aid

9 www.lvm.fi 9 The Ministry of Transport and Communications is also preparing marketing material and brochures for operators and municipalities

10 www.lvm.fi 10 Guide of Best Practices on Joint Construction  The responsible ministries and the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities prepared a guide on best practices on joint construction  Practical examples of joint construction schemes  Provides information on experience, best practices and acquired benefits on joint construction of infrastructure networks.  Aimed at decision makers in the transport, telecommunications, power distribution, water pipeline and district heat network industry  Report => in English => Publications => 41/2010

11 www.lvm.fi 11 “Best Finnish Practices on Joint Construction of Infrastructure Networks” -report Table of Contents 1. Introduction How are the cost savings resulting from joint construction achieved? The five main challenges in joint construction Lack of cooperation between the parties Scheduling Funding Lack of resources Documentation and information management Practical examples of joint construction schemes City of Joensuu Karhunmäki local detailed plan area Rantakatu in Joensuu Critical success factors of the operating model City of Helsinki Planning stage Preparations for construction Construction stage Developing a joint agreement template Vattenfall’s electricity distribution network and joint construction Aims of joint construction Tendering of joint construction projects Experiences and benefits achieved Broadband/underground cabling work in Kinnula Network cooperative Kajo – optical fibre cable network project Division of responsibility between the water cooperatives and Kajo Installing optical fibre cable pipes in the same trenches with water supply pipes Distribution of costs of the optical fibre cable network and the water supply network Funding of the network cooperative Kajo Benefits of joint construction to Kajo and the water cooperatives Challenges faced during the construction Joint construction from the point of view of a telecommunications operator Joint construction alongside State-owned transport routes How does land use planning support joint construction? Summary Common success factors Benefits achieved Where can I get more information? Thank you

12 www.lvm.fi 12 Success factors of joint construction (1/2)  Provision of information at a sufficiently early stage –All parties are given enough time to examine their own economic and operational resources regarding the participation in a joint construction scheme.  Cooperation between the parties –Different municipal corporations: water utilities, managers of power networks and telecommunications operators are engaged in open co-operation that benefits all parties. The parties should hold regular meetings on construction projects involving networks in their own areas.

13 www.lvm.fi 13 Success factors of joint construction (2/2)  One principal client and one principal supervisor –One party that is explicitly designated responsible for the coordination of the joint construction scheme.  Coordination of planning and implementation –Joint tendering produces competitive tenders on total contracts. –Prevention of overlapping work stages; the principal planner ensures that all plans fit together. –Simultaneous installation allows the parties to save substantial amounts of excavation costs. At the same time, there is no need to damage structures and the disruptions caused to the environment during the construction are minimised. Joint construction in Karhunmäki area

14 www.lvm.fi 14 Working group of development of cable data management (1/2)  Report was finished in August 2010; recommendations of working group now under implementation.  Problems –cable location data is not sufficiently comprehensive and accurate –20 % of severe telecommunications breakdowns are due to damage caused by excavation work

15 www.lvm.fi 15 Working group of development of cable data management (2/2)  Solution –a centralised information service (portal) operating on the one- stop-shop principle, providing access to cable location data maintained by different bodies. –this service will be offered on a commercial basis (no earnings expectations) by a state own company. –operators are required to connect and integrate their cable data systems with the information service via the joint interface. –information concerning future cable projects is also entered in the information system.

16 www.lvm.fi 16 A cable trench made using a trencher - winter 2010 Thank you for your attention!


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