Ofcom consults on opening up BT's infrastructure

22 Апреля, 2017, 01:48 | Author: Celia Hoffman
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"Investing in more full fibre and upgrading hot spots will be even harder if Ofcom force us to cover the upfront entry costs for other companies", Mr. Carter added.

Some providers now carry out their own work on the infrastructure, which has helped reduce delays. If BT wants to replace a copper drop wire with fibre, it just goes ahead and does it; competitors, though, need to deal with space and load constraints on the pole or duct, which can take a lot of time and money to resolve.

Ofcom has told Openreach to provide comprehensive data on its network of ducts and poles - a "digital map" of the United Kingdom to allow competitors to plan and deploy their own advanced networks.

Ofcom said its aim is to provide access to BT's ducts and poles on fair terms, with the cost shared across all users.

Finally, Ofcom has suggested that Openreach must ensure that there is sufficient capacity on its poles for CSPs to add dropwire fibre connections into individual premises, which had been flagged as a problem.

The proposals put forward by Ofcom are measures to ensure increased access to tunnels and telegraph poles, proposals to support fibre investment, and access to Openreach's existing tunnels and poles.

"We want everyone in the United Kingdom to have access to fast, reliable, and affordable broadband, and Ofcom's proposals are good news for consumers, businesses, and the country".

United Kingdom comms regulator Ofcom has set out detailed plans for improving access to BT's network arm Openreach's infrastructure, making it cheaper and easier for competing providers to connect their own fibre broadband directly to homes and offices.

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United Kingdom regulator Ofcom is preparing to open up British Telecom's ducts and poles so that rival broadband suppliers can lay fiber cheaply.

But Ofcom said there is "more to be done", and its plans require Openreach to ensure the network of ducts and poles is "ready for use", meaning it would have to fix faulty infrastructure and clear blocked pipes on request within a timeframe agreed with its customers.

Better information: Openreach will continue to develop a "digital map" of its duct and pole network so competitors can plan new networks.

In 2016, Openreach began to trial processes for duct and pole sharing with five CSPs.

Ofcom therefore wants the network to be "ready for use". The new tool shows other telecoms providers the exact positon of its ducts, poles and chambers, together with an indication of available duct capacity.

And in an effort to drive FTTP, it wants action on the final connection into the home.

Ofcom said the new measures are created to enhance investment in internet, and reduce reliance on Openreach - the network business within BT Group. Other significant changes include a cap on how much BT charges for duct rental, and when a competitor pays for Openreach to pull a new fibre, Openreach should give an accurate time for the completion of that job.

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