Wholesale local access market review
Launch date:31 March 2017
Modified at:14 August 2017
Consultation on the proposed market, market power determinations and remedies.
Broadband and fixed telephone services typically rely upon a fixed connection between the local telephony exchange to a home or business premises. In most areas there are only one or two physical networks that provide this connection. We are undertaking a review of the regulation of the wholesale local access (WLA) market - for services that use this fixed connection.
We are publishing three consultation documents which together form a set of proposals for our WLA market review. We consider the extent to which regulation may be required from April 2018.
Our first consultation document (below) sets out our market analysis, broad approach to remedies, proposals for the access products BT will be required to provide including our charge control proposals. Our second consultation document sets out our proposals to address quality of service issues on BT’s fixed access network. Our further consultation document sets out our proposals for the duct and pole access, which will be published separately.
Our proposals intend to promote competition and further the interests of residential and business customers, and promote investment in new ultrafast networks. We invite comments from stakeholders on the proposals in this consultation.
The deadline for responses is 9 June 2017.
We expect to publish our final decision in a statement in early 2018, with new measures taking effect on 1 April 2018.