Friday, 21 July 2017

Ofcom to force legal split of BT and Openreach

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Tuesday 29 November 16

U.K. telco watchdog not convinced by incumbent's own proposals to strengthen infrastructure arm's independence.

Ofcom on Tuesday said it will enforce the legal separation of BT and Openreach, after concluding that the U.K. incumbent's voluntary proposals to strengthen the independence of its infrastructure arm did not address its concerns. BT maintains that its own proposals are fair and sustainable. "Some progress has been made, but this has not been enough," Ofcom said, in a statement. "Action is required now to deliver better outcomes for phone and broadband users." Under the regulator's proposals &ndash…

Ofcom on Tuesday said it will enforce the legal separation of BT and Openreach, after concluding that the U.K. incumbent's voluntary proposals to strengthen the independence of its infrastructure arm did not address its concerns. BT maintains that its own proposals are fair and sustainable. "Some progress has been made, but this has not been enough," Ofcom said, in a statement. "Action is required now to deliver better outcomes for phone and broadband users." Under the regulator's proposals &ndash…

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