Ofcom: Broadband competition up by 12% in rural areas

Monday, July 15th 2013

The Wholesale Broadband Access review- which considers competition in the wholesale broadband market- is the consultation made by Ofcom. The regulator has published its consultation recently, where it has been noted that more providers have unbundled lines on the network provided by BT. It observed that effective completion has grown from 78% to 90% over the past 3 years.

Ofcom is contemplating to enforce regulation on BT's services in the remaining 10% of UK outer areas. It is planning a charge control, to encourage more Service Providers to offer more services, over BT's wholesale network, to homes and businesses over the rural areas. The observed rise in competition from 2010 is encouraging and also means that customers can get more choices, lower bills and better speeds.

BT has been gradually upgrading local telephone exchanges across the county, to provide the base for a widening superfast broadband infrastructure. BT has signed contracts consistently with the local authorities with funding from BDUK, to deploy fibre-optic cable networks in many remote parts of the United Kingdom. In order to encourage homes and businesses to opt for faster broadband, BT is investing around £2.5 billion in fibre infrastructure.

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