Ofcom to investigate BT over super-fast broadband dominance

Thursday, May 2nd 2013
An investigation into BT's control of the super-fast broadband market has been announced by Ofcom.
Ofcom to investigate BT over super-fast broadband dominance
Ofcom is launching an investigation into BT's dominance of the UK's super-fast broadband market after receiving a complaint on the matter from rival provider TalkTalk.

The communications industry regulator announced on Wednesday (May 1st 2013) that it will initiate an inquiry and insisted it has sufficient evidence to support the claims made by TalkTalk founder Sir Charles Dunstone.

Announcing the investigation, Ofcom said it will consider whether BT has taken unfair advantage of its dominant position as the incumbent network operator, in contravention with UK or EU competition law.

Responding to the news, BT was quoted by the Daily Telegraph as saying: "It would be better if the industry's - and Ofcom's - focus was on investing in the future of the country rather than on spurious actions designed to hold up fibre in the UK."

The investigation will be launched despite a recently published Ofcom report claiming that competition is "taking hold" in the super-fast broadband market, with around 80 providers other than BT Retail trialling or offering fibre optic connectivity.

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