Tuesday, 20 August 2019

There could be more to O2 fixed broadband rumours than meets the eye

By Mary Lennighan, for Total Telecom
Friday 26 April 19

Telefonica unlikely to spend big to build or buy fixed broadband in the UK< but there are still options open to O2 if it is keen to penetrate the market

The report earlier this week that UK mobile operator O2 is considering a return to the fixed broadband market led many industry watchers to immediately start to question the rationale behind the firm rolling out a new fibre network or reselling capacity from Openreach. There are serious obstacles to both options &ndash; essentially cost in the first and margins in the second &ndash; but there could be other ways for O2 to offer home broadband that wouldn't make shareholders faint at the prospect…

The report earlier this week that UK mobile operator O2 is considering a return to the fixed broadband market led many industry watchers to immediately start to question the rationale behind the firm rolling out a new fibre network or reselling capacity from Openreach. There are serious obstacles to both options &ndash; essentially cost in the first and margins in the second &ndash; but there could be other ways for O2 to offer home broadband that wouldn't make shareholders faint at the prospect…

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