BT to give greater network access to rivals under the new Ofcom plan

FILE PHOTO: A bus passes a BT logo outside offices in the City of London, Britain, 24 January, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s biggest telecoms group BT will be forced to give rivals better access to its core network Openreach to encourage a faster rollout of high-speed fiber-optic cable, under plans laid down by the regulator Ofcom on Friday.

Currently, rival companies of BT access to the former monopoly telephone poles and underground ducts to lay their own fiber networks to reach residential and small business customers.

Under the new plan, BT will be to extend this approach to rivals large companies, improving the business case for other telecom companies to focus on fiber.

Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Jason Neely

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