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November 24, 2014

UKCTA challenges BT’s broadband monopoly

UKCTA wants BT’s passive infrastructure to be provided to all service providers.

By CBR Staff Writer

The UK Competitive Telecommunications Association (UKCTA) has filed a complaint to media regulator Ofcom, demanding that the regulator reconsider its priorities to ensure competition in the business broadband market.

The UKCTA believes that by allowing competition, service will be improved and innovation encouraged. The UKCTA includes Sky, EE, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and Vodafone.

According to YouGov survey, conducted by the UKCTA , British Telecom (BT) Openreach is dominating the national telecoms network.

UKCTA wants BT’s passive infrastructure to be provided to all service providers and improve service from Openreach, which is also expected to improve service quality and innovation.

UKCTA telecom lawyer Domhnall Dods said: "Although increased competition now helps manage the issues of pricing and consumer protection in today’s broadband market, the greater issue of BT’s market dominance remains."

"We believe Ofcom and its new CEO should review its agenda and target the root causes of this remaining market power, including the way the core BT platform is regulated.

"The UK’s consumersand businesses cannot afford for Ofcom to ignore the problems identified in these reports."

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An Ofcom spokesperson responded: : "The UK has the most competitive broadband market of any major European country. Our job is to ensure that customers benefit not only from innovation, but also from good quality of service and a fair deal."

"We currently require BT to make its infrastructure available to competing consumer providers, and earlier this month we began a public consultation on whether we should extend this to business providers. We welcome all contributions to that."

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