Added by Cathy Gerosa | Wednesday 7th December 2016
Ofcom has published two market reviews in the run up to Christmas as follows:
Narrowband Market Review – this covers wholesale fixed analogue exchange lines (the standard fixed lines used by residential and business customers) along with the two digital exchange line markets, ISDN30 and ISDN2. In addition, they are reviewing wholesale call origination and wholesale call termination.
The consultation considers the level of competition in each of these five wholesale markets. Where competition is not working effectively, Ofcom proposes regulation that should apply for the period 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2020.
You can find the detail of the review here. Closing date for responses is 28 Feb 17
Wholesale Local access Market Review - this deals with proposals to open up duct and pole access, making it easier for companies to build ultrafast, ‘full-fibre’ broadband networks directly to UK homes and offices using BT’s existing telegraph poles and ducts. It builds on Openreach’s process improvement trials for PIA, conducted with the Office of the Telecommunications Adjudicator and five other telecoms providers, as well as Ofcom’s engagement with stakeholders since the DCR was published. It links the commitments made in the DCR to specific actions, setting out Ofcom’s initial views on what Openreach’s PIA product could be used for, how it should work in terms of processes, and how charges could be set
The detail of this review is here. The closing date for this one is 31 Jan 17
If you have any comments that you would like us to submit on your behalf, please send them to me in good time for the relevant closing dates.