Thursday, 20 July 2017

Ofcom puts BT breakup on the agenda

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Thursday 16 July 15

Full separation of Openreach would create 'years of uncertainty', warns U.K. incumbent; G.fast rollout under threat.

Ofcom confirmed on Thursday it is considering a full separation of Openreach from BT as part of its Strategic Review of Digital Communications. However, BT warned that breaking up the U.K. incumbent would lead to years of uncertainty and could delay its G.fast deployment. Ofcom marked the conclusion of stage one of its in-depth investigation – launched in March – with the publication of a discussion document seeking input on four areas of focus: investment and innovation; targeted deregulation; giving consumers and businesses the information and means to switch service provider; and competition. Separating Openreach from BT falls under that last topic…

Ofcom confirmed on Thursday it is considering a full separation of Openreach from BT as part of its Strategic Review of Digital Communications. However, BT warned that breaking up the U.K. incumbent would lead to years of uncertainty and could delay its G.fast deployment. Ofcom marked the conclusion of stage one of its in-depth investigation – launched in March – with the publication of a discussion document seeking input on four areas of focus: investment and innovation; targeted deregulation; giving consumers and businesses the information and means to switch service provider; and competition. Separating Openreach from BT falls under that last topic…

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