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Ofcom review to consider break up of BT

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has completed the first phase of its strategic review of digital communications and revealed a major focus is whether or not to separate Openreach from BT.

Sky declares war on BT over alleged Openreach failings

Pay TV giant Sky has called on regulator Ofcom to refer BT to the competition and markets authority (CMA) over claims that BT’s Openreach division, which is in charge of maintaining the fixed line network BT leases to companies like Sky, is failing in its obligations.

BT persists with EE merger propaganda campaign

BT has fired another salvo in its PR campaign to persuade the UK competition authority to OK its acquisition of EE, arguing the combination will result in a “true UK digital champion”.

BT and EE extend converged multiplay services

BT and its probable mobile subsidiary EE have each extended new service offerings relating to real-time LTE broadcasting, as well as enhanced premium sport and new 4K TV offerings.

O2 out of UK emergency services LTE tender, EE lone runner

Government plans to shift emergency communication services to cellular infrastructure have taken a knock after O2, one of just two mobile operators tendering for the contract, pulled out of the running, according to the FT.

Ofcom increases scrutiny of BT with dark fibre proposal

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has stepped up its efforts to reduce BT’s dominance of the UK fixed line market by announcing proposals that would oblige BT to open up its so called ‘dark fibre’ for use by competitors.

BT shareholders overwhelmingly approve EE acquisition

At a BT group general meeting 99.7% of votes were in favour of the proposed acquisition of mobile operator EE, with a 62.8% turnout. However subsequent hurdles will be less of a formality, with UK competition authorities still looking into the deal.

TalkTalk joins BT in MVNO race to the bottom

UK telco TalkTalk has jumped on the low-cost bandwagon in the wake of BT’s move into the mobile market, offering aggressively low-priced 4G services to go along with its domestic broadband package.

BT battles to keep Openreach amid growing regulatory pressure

As the clamour for BT to be forced to spin off its wholesale broadband division – Openreach – in the light of its proposed move back into the mobile network business, BT has found an unlikely ally in Virgin Media. According to an FT report the two sent a joint letter to Ofcom, inevitably arguing that opening up the UK broadband market will be bad for consumers.

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