Pressure on regulator for more fibre choices


The recent calls for BT to be completely separated from the Openreach infrastructure business, (see coverage from the FT and Digital Europe and many others) might or might not lead to some changes being made to the rules that control what parts of the UK’s communications network other firms can access and use in Ofcom’s current review process.

But not everyone agrees that BT and Openreach should be forcibly separated. Virgin Media’s boss, Tom Mockridge recently said that in his view, (see coverage on The Register) BT should simply be forced to open up wayleave rights for FTTP services to be installed, so that other companies could more readily compete with BT in the fibre market.

Sceptics have already responded to this by saying that Virgin Media, which is already offering consumer fibre services and has plans to also offer a service to UK businesses next year, is simply looking faster its own vested interests. That may well be the case, but it hardly matters to broadband buyers.

Either way, the pressure is mounting. Whatever Ofcom decides to do at the end of its present consultation period, more fibre services options are going to be made available to UK buyers – and we predict that will happen sooner, rather than later. This is great news because fibre (especially FTTP) will give you much higher performance and make it much easier to deploy flexible hosted VoIP services and make use of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and other cloud options.

There are good fibre options available today – but it is important to select the right service for your needs. If you need advice, just call one of our experts.

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