Ofcom has announced an overarching review of the UK’s digital communications markets.
The Strategic Review of Digital Communications will assess levels of competition, investment and innovation, as well as the availability of products in broadband, mobile and landline markets.
The UK communications watchdog expects the review will focus on three main areas: ensuring the right incentives for private sector investment, maintaining strong competition and tackling obstacles holding the sector back, and identifying if there is scope for deregulation.
This review comes nearly ten years after Ofcom’s previous major review, which began in December 2003 and concluded in September 2005. This led to rules allowing competitors to access BT’s network on equal terms.