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Ofcom publishes on wholesale broadband, and universal service

UK regulator, Ofcom, has issued two documents of wider interest. The first is an assessment of competition in wholesale broadband access markets, under which services in these markets are bought by telecoms providers to supply retail broadband services to residential and business consumers. Ofcom’s statement covers its analysis of competition within these markets, focusing on determining whether any telecoms provider has a position strong enough to influence market outcomes. Also set out are the regulatory instruments that Ofcom is introducing to protect competition in those areas where wholesale competition is not effective. This draft statement has been submitted to the European Commission for comment. The second follows UK legislation for a broadband universal service obligation (USO), which will give eligible homes and businesses the right to request a decent broadband connection. Ofcom is now responsible for the implementation of the USO and has issued a document that sets out objectives and explains how it will designate universal service providers to deliver these broadband connections. It also calls on interested bodies to come forward as prospective service providers and explains the likely obligations they will have to meet, and how they can expect to be compensated. Read more and here

  • Monday, 25 June 2018

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