Ofcom review of the wholesale local access market: small paper avalanche; nobody hurt

20 July 2010

Ofcom’s consultation document on the UK wholesale local access market proposes a number of additional remedies for fixed access network operators with significant market power, but looks unlikely to have a major impact on the ability of either BT or competing players to make money from next generation access

The consultation is one element in a subtle power struggle between BT and the major competing service providers over the terms under which Openreach provides wholesale NGA products

In our view, who makes what from NGA continues to depend primarily on end user demand, which remains uncertain, and itself partly dependent on the outcome of the pay TV review and successful implementation of the ‘Canvas’ IPTV standard

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