Re: Not 50%
> If Openreach were to be separated all that would change is the name over the door, the economics and technology would remain the same.
Not quite. The thing that would change would be the part of economics which falls under "competition strategy".
At present, BTOR sings BT's tune - it's part of BT, and it's run by BT according to priorities set by BT. Yes there are supposed to be chines walls, but given they don't even (AFAIK) report financials completely separately ...
Thus it is within BT's power to tilt the field a bit in their favour. For example, where a cabinet serves primarily business users they may decide not to fibre enable that cabinet so as to not impact on their far more lucrative other products. Not that that's happened at all to us, or any of our customers, or ... hang on a minute, that's exactly what happened to us and several of our customers where it's taken a lot longer to fibre enable the cab (if it's happened at all) compared to those serving primarily residential areas.
BT have a looooooong history of dragging their feet on new technology so as not to injure it's cash cows. ISDN was crippled compared to other countries' offerings, ADSL came along rather late and was held back somewhat, and ...
Mostly to avoid killing their leased lines business.