BAI Communications’ 20-Year Concession Agreement With Transport For London

In UK Ashurst, Dentons, advised on the matter.

Ashurst advised BAI Communications with a team including Rebecca Cope (Commercial Law), Amanda Hale (Picture – Commercial Law), Alison Hardy (Dispute Resolution), Terrence Van Poortvliet (Energy & Infrastructures).

Dentons advised Transport for London with a team including Richard Barham (Corporate M&A), Christopher Graf (Competition Law).

BAI Communications (‘BAI’), a leading global provider of 4G and 5G connected infrastructure, signed a 20-year concession agreement with Transport for London (‘TfL’) which will enable mobile coverage on the whole Tube network, helping to remove one of the most high-profile mobile ‘not-spots’ in the UK.

The concession will see a backbone of mobile and digital connectivity established across London. Uninterrupted 4G mobile coverage has already been introduced on the eastern half of the Jubilee line and will be expanded in phases to ticket halls, platforms and tunnels on the Tube network over the next three years, with all stations and tunnels due to have mobile coverage by the end of 2024.

London’s Tube tunnels will also be used to provide full fibre connectivity across the city, which can then be connected to buildings and street assets like street lighting and bus stops. This will help to further increase mobile coverage through small mobile transmitters, as well as leveraging the power of 5G to deliver city-wide improvements and future growth. The new high-capacity fibre network will bring fibre directly into London’s neighbourhoods, creating new opportunities to serve homes and businesses with gigabit-capable speeds and supporting digital inclusion.

The neutral host network being delivered as part of this concession will be the most advanced network of its kind in the world and available for use by all mobile operators. The infrastructure will also be 5G ready, allowing for a seamless upgrade for mobile operators in the future.

The Ashurst team was led by digital economy partner Amanda Hale (Picture), assisted by consultant Marcus Turle, senior associates Denae Engelbrecht and Adam Eskdale and associate Harry Newton. Senior associate Ed McNeil advised on competition and procurement matters. The team also comprised partners Terrence Van Poortvliet (rail), Alison Hardy (disputes) and Rebecca Cope (digital economy, Sydney), as well as lawyers from across the firm’s corporate, tax, environment and planning, employment and IP teams.

The Dentons’ UK team, led by Andy Lucas, Head Technology, Media and Telecoms and Rachael Morris, Senior Associate, Technology, Media & Telecoms comprised Hayley Gibson, Associate, Technology, Media & Telecoms; Jennifer Robinson, Counsel, Competition; Neill Pemberton, Senior Associate, Real Estate; Thomas Guilfoyle, Senior Associate, Banking & Finance; Christopher Graf, Partner, Competition; Carolyn Burns, Counsel, Competition; Dominic Spacie, Consultant, Banking & Finance; Richard Barham, Partner, Corporate, and James Fox, Senior Associate, Technology, Media & Telecoms.

Involved fees earner: Rebecca Cope – Ashurst; Denae Engelbrecht – Ashurst; Adam Eskdale – Ashurst; Amanda Hale – Ashurst; Alison Hardy – Ashurst; Edward McNeill – Ashurst; Harry Newton – Ashurst; Terrence Van Poortvliet – Ashurst; Richard Barham – Dentons; Carolyn Burns – Dentons; James Fox – Dentons; Hayley Gibson – Dentons; Christopher Graf – Dentons; Thomas Guilfoyle – Dentons; Andrew Lucas – Dentons; Rachael Morris – Dentons; Neill Pemberton – Dentons; Jennifer Robinson – Dentons;

Law Firms: Ashurst; Dentons;

Clients: BAI Communications; Transport for London;

Author: Giulia Di Palma