BT has been sharply criticized by some of its competitors to deliver “sub-standard” broadband services to millions customers across the UK.
Principal Officials Sky, Vodafone and TalkTalk have all signed letter sent to the Financial Times, that the call to Ofcom, to encourage competition and the market power of a thorough review of the current situation.
“This [so] it is important that Ofcom is moving as quickly as possible, to ask the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), with its far-reaching powers to conduct a full investigation on the market. Only the CMA, with supported by Ofcom, can eliminate structural barriers to competition, which will unlock the next wave of investments in communications infrastructure that the country urgently needs. We can not afford to wait, “read the letter.
In addition to complaints about poor services provided to customers, the letter says that broadband should be improved in hard-to-reach areas, in order for alternative suppliers to be based on the services and at the same breathing to increase competition.
“We do not believe that the fundamental problems identified by Ofcom can be solved by messing with the existing regulatory framework,” added the letter.
goes on to point to a conflict of interest that stems from BT’s role as the owner of BT Openreach, Ofcom is already defined as something that should be investigated.
Decision before 2016
Ofcom released a paper in July assuming, BT Openreach, the network arm of the company, can be completely separated from BT, to eliminate the possibility of discrimination in the rivals using their networks to provide broadband access to customers.
Responses to this document are open until 8 October and the end of the year, Ofcom did not provide a statement to inform its regulatory activities for the next 10 years. Whether this letter makes a difference remains to be seen.