BT told to share poles for ultra-fast internet

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BT should make it easier for the opponents of the internet providers for use of its telegraph poles, of telecommunications regulator Ofcom, said.

Ofcom has published a list of new measures to make it cheaper for companies to install ultra-fast full fibre broadband infrastructure.

Connecting homes directly to fiber optic network offers much faster connection speeds than copper wires.

Rivals Talk Talk and Hyperoptic welcomed the announcement. BT said it was “considering the consequences”.What are the new measures?

Ofcom says full of fiber internet is currently available to 3 percent of uk homes and offices. It is expected that the 6 million buildings connected by 2020.

He said BT should make it easier for rivals to install fiber in their telegraph poles and in its underground tunnels.

You want a map more clear of where there is no capacity in telegraph poles and in the tunnels for rivals to do so.

Ofcom has suggested that streets can be connected to the full fiber in “hours” instead of days, as companies would no longer have to dig up roads to lay fiber.

It is estimated that the sharing of infrastructure would be reduced to half the cost of the connection of a home full of fibre from £500 to £250.

In addition, BT will be banned from the reduction of their wholesale prices in areas where the rival networks are starting to put infrastructure.

In openreach in, holding the largest part of the uk’s phone lines, ordered the defective repair of the infrastructure and clear the way for competitors to access to its tunnels.

“In openreach in you must make sure that there is space in their telegraph poles for extra fiber cables of connection of the housing to a competitor of the network,” Ofcom said in a statement.How have you and BT in openreach in react?

BT said it had “noted that” the publication of Ofcom’s proposals.

In a statement, said that the change would have an “adverse financial impact on in openreach in revenue and profit” in the region of £80 million of € 120m.

To address the restriction on the variation of the wholesale prices, BT said it was “taking into account the implications for the full and fair competition”.

In openreach in said Ofcom’s statement which gave the company a “certainty on his approach.”

But it said that it had already been let rival companies in the use of its telegraph poles and tunnels.

“Our ducts and poles have been open since 2011 and we have been sharing a digital map of this network for more than a year,” he said in a statement.

He added that telecommunications companies are required to “be sure that you can obtain a return on their investment” if a national deployment of the plenary of the fiber was to be made.How have the telecom companies reacted?

Talk Talk said that the announcement was “good for consumers, competition and investment”. Hyperoptic said that the measure would be to strengthen the business case for the investment in full in fiber optic networks.

“In the last instance, to create a better digital future for the uk, not only serve the interests of BT retail,” said Hyperoptic chief executive Dana Tobak.

Consumer magazine Which? he said that changes needed to be made more quickly.

“Consumers are crying out for better broadband… steps to ensure a greater investment in this vital service can’t come soon enough,” said the spokesman, Alex Neill.


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by Rory Cellan-Jones, T#i noechnology correspondent

Suddenly all the world has gone by full of fiber. After years of insisting that the fiber placement right of the house was too expensive and a copper connection to a sidewalk fibre cabinet was absolutely fine, the government has changed its mind.

Now the regulator Ofcom has come behind the new way of thinking. To make the sums add up, it is forcing BT to open its network of tunnels and telegraph poles to their opponents.

Cynics will point out that I was supposed to have happened years ago-but, in the end, the regulator is tightening the screw.

The very daring would have been divided in openreach in outside of BT years ago and turn it into a “fiber to the home” of the utility.

But that ship has sailed. Ofcom now believes that the overlap of fast fibre networks built by BT and its rivals deliver more innovation and a better deal for consumers.