Broadband boost promised as Openreach heads for split from BT

  1. Brink's Avatar
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       29 Nov 2016 #1

    Broadband boost promised as Openreach heads for split from BT

    Communications regulator Ofcom is pushing ahead with plans to make BT Openreach a separate company, in a bid to improve broadband competition in the UK.

    The watchdog said it is proceeding with a formal notification to require the legal separation of Openreach from BT, and said that BT had failed to offer proposals to address competition concerns.

    Openreach is the part of BT that maintains the UK's main telecoms network used by rivals such as Sky, TalkTalk, and Vodafone -- and BT's own retail business.

    Creating a more independent Openreach is an important part improving broadband quality, the regulator said: "We are disappointed that BT has not yet come forward with proposals that meet our competition concerns. Some progress has been made, but this has not been enough, and action is required now to deliver better outcomes for phone and broadband users."

    Earlier this year Ofcom set out its competition concerns: that BT has the incentive and ability to favour its own retail business when making decisions about new network investments by Openreach.

    Ofcom's proposal requires Openreach to become a distinct company with its own board with a majority of non-executive directors, including the chair, who are not affiliated with BT. Ofcom said it is now preparing to notify the European Commission of its intention to implement these plans...

    Read more: Broadband boost promised as Openreach heads for split from BT | ZDNet
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  2.    29 Nov 2016 #1

    Hopefully this will bring about an improvement. I am with BT and their monopoly is shocking. I'm one of the lucky ones as my speed is decent (for UK) at about 55 mbits down and 15 mbits up. But many users suffer from poor speeds and severe evening congestion which BT has no interest in addressing seeing as they are the dominant business. Also their inability to roll out infinity/fibre broadband to all areas of the country is poor, they should be making greater efforts to ensure Fibre broadband is available to everyone. Maybe now they will have to buck their game up
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  3. DooGie's Avatar
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       29 Nov 2016 #2

    Hi Scottyboy, I'm also with BT and the BT Openreach talks should be pretty interesting and as you say should eventually lead to a better connection. Happy to say I'm like you with a good solid connection.
    The only thing that worries me if they split is BTusers have always benefitted from Openreach engineers who are a cut above the other cantractors that BT uses (I won't name them).

    My speedtest this afternoon.

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  4.    29 Nov 2016 #3

    Wow, that's pretty good speed. I cannot remember what the maximum is on FTTC but you must be pretty near it. Sadly we are a little way from the cabinet but I'm happy with 55 - 60 mbits. We literally moved to a new house only 50 odd yards up the same street a couple years back and download went from 30-35 to 55-60 which was good! I have had some bad experiences with evening congestion but it's been decent for well over a year. Sadly I hear and read many bad experiences though from BT.
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  5. DooGie's Avatar
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       29 Nov 2016 #4

    I'm 100 yards from the cabinet.
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  7.    30 Nov 2016 #6

    More competition is welcome. UK broadband providers keep increasing prices several times a year with each increase being well above the inflation rate. The UK regulator OFCOM seems powerless to have any impact on the rises.
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  8. dencal's Avatar
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       30 Nov 2016 #7

    Am fortunate to be in a Virgin supplied area with its superior fibre optics, offering speeds way above anything BT can offer.
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  9. z3r010's Avatar
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       30 Nov 2016 #8

    I miss my Virgin cable, hopefully FTTP from openreach isn't too far away.
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  10.    30 Nov 2016 #9

    dencal said: View Post
    Am fortunate to be in a Virgin supplied area with its superior fibre optics, offering speeds way above anything BT can offer.
    I'm a Virgin fibre customer too. The service is fine but the frequent price hikes several times a year well above inflation are not.
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