UK: Ofcom reveals new plan to open up BT broadband

Ofcom has announced detailed plans on how it aims to improve access to Openreach’s infrastructure following the company’s recent separation from BT.

The plans laid out by the UK telecom regulator are designed to create fairer network competition in the hopes that this will lower prices and improve services for customers by reducing dependency on BT’s Openreach.

The proposals put forward by Ofcom are measures to ensure increased access to tunnels and telegraph poles, proposals to support fibre investment, and access to Openreach’s existing tunnels and poles.

Yih-Choung Teh, Ofcom’s Competition Policy Director, said: “People increasingly need fast, reliable broadband. We’ll make it easier for companies to offer their own full-fibre broadband more cheaply by accessing Openreach’s tunnels and telegraph poles.

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