Saturday, 23 September 2017

CityFibre takes Ofcom to court over dark fibre rules

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Wednesday 06 July 16

U.K. altnet performs dramatic volte-face as prospect of competing against BT in dark fibre market hits home.

CityFibre on Wednesday filed a legal challenge against Ofcom's plan to force BT's Openreach arm to offer dark fibre access, arguing that it will not stimulate investment in new infrastructure. However, the lawsuit, filed with the U.K. High Court's Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), probably has more to do with the fact that CityFibre, which provides a range of dark fibre services, would prefer not to face off against BT. "We need to ensure that CityFibre and other fibre-optic infrastructure builders can invest against the background of a fair and balanced regulatory regime. We believe Ofcom is implementing poor and inconsistent regulation…

CityFibre on Wednesday filed a legal challenge against Ofcom's plan to force BT's Openreach arm to offer dark fibre access, arguing that it will not stimulate investment in new infrastructure. However, the lawsuit, filed with the U.K. High Court's Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), probably has more to do with the fact that CityFibre, which provides a range of dark fibre services, would prefer not to face off against BT. "We need to ensure that CityFibre and other fibre-optic infrastructure builders can invest against the background of a fair and balanced regulatory regime. We believe Ofcom is implementing poor and inconsistent regulation…

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