Openreach, or BT Openreach, is to become an entirely independent entity thanks to demands made by Ofcom.
Openreach is responsible for installing, maintaining and improving the UK’s Broadband infrastructure including fibre connections, ducts and pipes, before selling connectivity to the likes of BT and Sky. Whilst in theory Openreach is currently independent, it is still a subsidiary of BT, meaning that true impartiality is currently unlikely.
Two years of negotiations
In an attempt to shake up the world of broadband, improve infrastructure, create healthy competition and ultimately drive down prices for consumers and after two years of negotiations, BT has finally agreed to Ofcom’s demands for Openreach to become entirely independent after the regulator threatened legal action against BT to separate themselves from Openreach.
Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone, all of which use Openreach’s network, have complained in the past of a poor service, extortionate charges and a lack of investment in the division – improvements in each of these areas for all Openreach’s customers will obviously have a positive implication for end users, hopefully leading to greater service, improved reliability and cheaper costs.
As part of the new plans, Openreach will have its own board and make its own investment decisions, however, in a rather peculiar twist of fate, BT will continue to set the company’s overall budget.
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