Ofcom consults industry on BT's fairer telecoms proposals

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has launched a series of consultations following last week’s announcement that BT has agreed to restructure its business to create a fairer telecoms market.

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has launched a series of consultations following last week’s announcement that BT has agreed to restructure its business to create a fairer telecoms market.

BT’s proposals should make it easier for rivals to compete using the national telecoms infrastructure that BT controls. The proposals cover broadband provision, next generation networks and other areas.

Ofcom has ditched plans to break up BT to achieve a fairer market and will instead prosecute BT under the Enterprise Act if it doesn't deliver on its promises.

The main proposals have now been put out for consultation, which will end on 12 August. There is also a separate consultation on BT’s 21st Century Network plans and how they will affect the market. The closing date for this consultation is also 12 August.

Phil Sayer, chairman of the Communications Management Association, said, “Business customers now look forward to a wider choice of goods and services than ever before, with all retailers able to make innovative offerings on an equal basis.

“As Ofcom itself says, ‘BT should offer all providers the same prices and processes on equal terms and should not inhibit reasonable developments by alternative network operators.’”

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