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Introduction

Ofcom has announced a consultation on the wholesale local access market review. The regulator's aim is to promote network competition and investment in new fiber networks while protecting customers from price rises.

Highlights

  • The UK is falling far behind some of the other member states in its deployment of full fiber and because 5G technology will rely on this type of infrastructure, it will be important that Ofcom creates a regulatory environment that encourages its widespread rollout.

Features and Benefits

  • Reviews Ofcom's new VULA charge control and QoS targets.
  • Assesses how transparent broadband advertising could affect consumer demand for fiber.

Key questions answered

  • How is Ofcom trying to encourage more full-fiber investment?
  • How are regulators across the EU trying to combat misleading broadband advertising?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Proposed charge controls on VULA services should stimulate greater investment in full fiber and create savings for consumers
  • QoS targets should prevent Openreach from favoring its own customers over its rivals
  • Using the term fiber to advertise part fiber could mislead customers and discourage operators from investing in full fiber

Appendix

  • Further reading
  • Author

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