Ofcom announces plans to open up BT’s infrastructure

BT Openreach PIA

In a definite proposition Ofcom has set out arrangements to enhance access to Openreach’s framework. The arrangements mean to “level the playing field” by making it less expensive and less demanding for contending suppliers to convey higher quality administrations to clients at a lower cost.

The proposals include:

  • Mixed-use networks and fairer terms of access to lay fibre.
  • The requirement that Openreach must repair faulty infrastructure and clear blocked tunnels where necessary for providers to access them.
  • Final connections into homes meaning BT should ensure capacity is available on its telegraph poles for additional fibre cables.
  • Better availability of information (such as ‘digital maps’) so that competitors can plan new networks.

The plans (available here) are a piece of Ofcom’s Wholesale Local Access Market Review. Counsel on the recommendations closes on fifteenth of June, with a ultimate decision expected in mid 2018.