Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Ofcom aims to make BT open dark fibre up to rivals by April 2017

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Friday 15 May 15

U.K. incumbent claims proposed rule will undermine investment and divert resources from improving service.

Ofcom on Friday proposed making BT grant rival service providers access to its fibre networks in a bid to boost competition in the leased lines market. The announcement was cheered by alternative operators, while BT claimed the proposed rule will actually have the effect of undermining competition. The proposal is also likely to go some way to assuaging mobile operators concerned about BT's acquisition of EE. As part of its Business Connectivity Market Review (BCMR), Ofcom wants BT's competitors to have physical access to its fibre optic cables, giving them direct control of the connection. This would allow them to install their own equipment at each end of the connection and to offer tailored, high-speed data links to business customers…

Ofcom on Friday proposed making BT grant rival service providers access to its fibre networks in a bid to boost competition in the leased lines market. The announcement was cheered by alternative operators, while BT claimed the proposed rule will actually have the effect of undermining competition. The proposal is also likely to go some way to assuaging mobile operators concerned about BT's acquisition of EE. As part of its Business Connectivity Market Review (BCMR), Ofcom wants BT's competitors to have physical access to its fibre optic cables, giving them direct control of the connection. This would allow them to install their own equipment at each end of the connection and to offer tailored, high-speed data links to business customers…

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