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Distinguished Guru
Distinguished Guru
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BT ordered to legally split from Openreach by Ofcom

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has ordered BT to legally separate from its Openreach division, which runs the UK's broadband infrastructure.


Openreach should become a distinct company within the BT group, the regulator said. BT had not voluntarily addressed competition concerns Ofcom laid out in July, it said.


However, BT said its proposals were "fair and sustainable", and that it would continue negotiating with Ofcom.

The regulator said it was preparing a formal notification to the European Commission to start the separation process.

Ofcom has resisted calls to split Openreach off entirely, which telecoms rivals have sought.


Ofcom said BT had not gone far enough to address its concerns about BT's ability to favour its retail business when making investment decisions in Openreach.


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Distinguished Sage
Distinguished Sage
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Re: BT ordered to legally split from Openreach by Ofcom

Don`t get too excited, as a totally independent Openreach would be short of money unless the government stepped in, or Openreach increase the charges they make to service providers.


Provision of infrastructure is a very expensive and time consuming business. Many of the current customer service issues could be resolved by employing more field staff, but that would look bad on paper.


Distinguished Guru
Distinguished Guru
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Re: BT ordered to legally split from Openreach by Ofcom

I posted this because it is news that will effect users. I have not said I agree with it, quite the opposite for the same reasons you have given.