Why Ofcom should confirm Openreach's "suspended sentance", not let it off the hook
The signs are that now it has an engineer in charge Openreach is moving towards a hybrid solution. G-Fast where it will work well (probably well over half the network) give a boost and a mix of fibre and wireless where it will not: distance, aluminum networks, exchange only lines etc. etc.). Given the post-brexit funding problems BT will face (rights issues to pay for buying EE and DT reluctance to invest more) we may even see it become an anchor tenant for those altnets which use new technology to build more robust networks at lower cost. Will separating Openreach from BT help expedite that process? .... hmmm. One of the "lessons" of history is that monopolies frightened of regulatory action give better service to their customers. The only certainty Ofcom should give to Openreach is that it will not intervene provided its services improve (price and performance) into line with those of its competitors and it does not assist predatory behaviour on behalf of its parent.