BT says Ofcom’s statement on its Openreach division provided ‘no surprises’ for the telecoms giant.
A spokesperson for the business said that despite the report’s findings BT believed that there was a case for less rather than more regulation: ‘Today’s statement from Ofcom is very much in line with what they proposed last year so there are no surprises here.
‘Competition and choice have been growing in the business connectivity market and we believe there is a strong case for less, not more, regulation.’
BT fights its corner
Responding to the proposed rule changes relating to the speed of installation for businesses BT said that whilst it accepted it could do more on services sometimes there were issues that were out of its control.
The brand also hit back at the price cuts and increased fibre access put forward by Ofcom: ‘We accept there is more to do on service and are committed to doing better and meeting our business customers’ rising expectations. Ethernet provision can be complex and the need for street works and wayleaves mean delays are often beyond our control. We are doing all we can to overcome such challenges. The required Ethernet price cuts and the introduction of dark fibre will not help to underpin service improvement.
‘Dark fibre is a flawed piece of regulation that introduces an unnecessary layer of complexity and will deter others from building their own fibre networks. It is at odds with Ofcom’s recent statements about increasing competition at the infrastructure level. It is a cherry pickers’ charter benefiting those who don’t invest in networks at the expense of those who do including BT, Virgin Media, City Fibre and Zayo.’