BT is likely to enjoy lighter controls on the amount it can charge for its leased lines in London, under proposals revealed by Ofcom on Monday.Leased lines offer high-end fibre connectivity as a retail product for business customers, and also as a wholesale product for smaller telcos that resell fixed and mobile broadband services.
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Ofcom chief Ed Richards says the regulator will require competition in rural broadband networks, and is backing wavelength unbundling as a possible way to ensure fairness in fibre rollouts
Brits not a nation of early adopters when it comes to fibre, says Ofcom report...
Ofcom confirms BT must offer virtual fibre unbundling and open up its ducts and poles...
The UK's largest internet provider has said it will become a wholesale customer of BT's up-to-40Mbps fibre-to-the-cabinet services, as Ofcom finalises the rules governing BT's fibre network
The telecoms regulator wants BT to give rivals access to its fibre networks, as part of an effort to promote investment in super-fast broadband
The telco is reportedly in talks with Ofcom about opening access to its ducts and poles so other providers can install their own broadband fibre lines
Lord Carter has laid out plans for charges on fixed copper lines to fund rural fibre, and has called on Ofcom to force ISPs to crack down on illegal file-sharing
Communications regulator Ofcom says cheap mobile broadband and existing fixed services will keep BT from running a fibre monopoly
The regulator has announced it is looking at ways to encourage telcos to invest in next-generation fibre networks
What are you thinking? Says regulator
European telco O2 (also known as Telefonica Europe) is considering investing in its own fibre-to-the-home network, but wants to wait until Ofcom changes telecommunications regulation before it makes an investment.
The provider may follow BT's lead and invest in a fibre-to-the-home rollout, but only if Ofcom ensures the investment would see a healthy return
The regulator says the popularity of mobile broadband may encourage fixed-line operators to distinguish themselves competitively by investing in next-gen infrastructure
Regulator offers 'fair rate of return' for investing operators...
The telecoms regulator has launched a review into ways of replacing existing copper networks, possibly by laying fibre through existing sewer ducts
Fat pipes set up home in sewers
If Ofcom is serious about fibre-optic broadband for all, it must first break the commercial logjam
The regulator has issued a consultation paper to help it work out how and when the UK's local loop should be upgraded to fibre
The regulator tells telecoms professionals that fibre to homes and businesses is not ready for widespread deployment