Progress on Ofcom’s Strategic Review of Digital Communications
Launch date:26 July 2016
Modified at:10 October 2016
Ofcom has today announced detailed plans to make digital communications work for everyone – including major reform of Openreach, the network division of BT.
In February, Ofcom published the initial conclusions of its Strategic Review of Digital Communications, setting out plans for:
• a more independent Openreach;
• greater choice of broadband networks, including fibre connections to homes and offices;
• better quality of service across the whole industry, and better broadband and mobile coverage for people and businesses.
Ofcom has today announced plans and progress in these areas, summarised in this news release.
As part of this, Ofcom is today publishing:
• a draft proposal on strengthening Openreach’s independence. Comments are invited by 4 October.
• a progress update on duct and pole access (DPA), under which BT will open up its infrastructure for other providers to deploy new networks; and
• draft guidance setting out how Ofcom expects to handle disputes under the Communications (Access to Infrastructure) Regulations 2016. These Regulations, which come into effect on 31 July, are designed to reduce the cost of deploying high-speed electronic communications networks.
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