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Ofcom allows BT to charge more for full fibre so it can fund UK-wide rollout

Sumary of Ofcom allows BT to charge more for full fibre so it can fund UK-wide rollout:

  • In a long-awaited announcement, it said Openreach fastest fibre services would continue to be free of pricing regulation, while it would be allowed to charge slightly more for its regulated products delivered over full fibre instead of copper…
  • The regulator recognised BT argument that, to persuade its shareholders to fund the rollout of full fibre, it had to be able to promise them a decent rate of return in the years ahead…
  • “So, we aim to allow all companies the opportunity to achieve a fair return over their whole investment period, and do not expect to introduce cost-based prices for fibre services for at least 10 years.”..
  • In what appeared another win for BT, the regulator said it should not have to fund the unnecessary costs of running old copper networks in areas where it has laid fibre….

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