Ofcom says BT must give rivals access to its pole and duct networks
BT will have to open up the telegraph poles and under-street ducts that make up much of its network structure to competitors under plans published by telecoms regulator Ofcom.
The former state monopoly will have to provide detailed information on the network to competitors by the end of the year under Ofcom's plans, which are designed to increase competition in the telecoms market.
Ofcom said that there is unused network capacity that BT should make available to other companies.
"From June 2008 and during 2009, Ofcom conducted surveys of BT's duct network, which indicated that there may be a significant amount of unoccupied space in the network, with up to 40% or 50% having room for new cables in some locations," said an Ofcom statement. "The second survey published today, of ducts closer to homes and businesses, shows a similar amount of unoccupied space, as well as potential capacity for additional wires to be added to BT's telegraph poles. However, availability is highly variable across the country and the practicalities of using BT's ducts and poles have yet to be worked through."
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