Ofcom lays out BT's open access fiber plans

U.K. telecom regulator Ofcom put forth its proposal that requires incumbent phone company BT to open its new $2.3 billion last mile fiber network to drive competition in the emerging fiber-based broadband market.

With the new plan in place, competitive players including British Sky Broadcasting Group and Talk Talk would then be able to offer "super-fast broadband services" to consumers and businesses. Ofcom will let BT determine prices to sell access to its fiber network.   

Under Ofcom's proposal competitors would be able to get access to BT's network through a "virtual link." The proposal also aims to encourage competitive carriers to build their own fiber networks by giving them access to BT's underground fiber ducts and aerial telephone poles. Right now, BT's Openreach division sells competitors access to its current fiber network.

"BT has already said that it is willing to open its ducts," Ross Cook, a BT spokesman, said in a Bloomberg article. "We agree with Ofcom that there are challenges with such access but we will work with industry to define a suitable product that meets everyone's needs."

For more:
- Telecompaper has this article
- Bloomberg also has this article

Related articles
BT could open fiber ducts to competitors
BT accelerates its Fiber to the X deployment timeline
BT boosts Fiber to the Premise plans
BT unveils aggressive Fiber-to-the-X timeline
BT Wholesale debuts new broadband wholesale service
BT Openreach to conduct FTTP trials in existing service areas

Suggested Articles

In order to better compete against telcos' managed SD-WAN services, Cato Networks took the wraps off of its Hands-Free Management offering.

In an expanded two-way relationship IBM will continue to provide AT&T Business with open source systems, and AT&T will provide IBM with software-…

To accelerate the adoption of Kubernetes, IBM announced the launch of a new open source project called Kabenero.