Selling Openreach bad for broadband sector, says BT

Selling Openreach could have a negative effect on the broadband sector, BT has claimed.

 

Selling Openreach could have a negative effect on the broadband sector, BT has claimed.

The broadband provider (that owns Openreach) said that splitting the companies would lead to less investment in the market.

Spokespeople for BT have claimed that the firm has invested millions into the Openreach program, providing thousands of properties with fibre broadband. 

BT  has carried out the majority of the government’s broadband rollout, with £20 billion invested over the last decade. 

The provider states that if Openreach was to separate from BT, it would greatly slow down the progress of the UK broadband expansion. 

A spokesperson for BT added that Openreach was an integral part of BT. 

“Ultimately, the UK would get far less investment if Openreach was a smaller, weaker independent company not part of BT.”

“The roll-out of this exciting technology takes hundreds of thousands of engineering man hours and includes the installation of thousands of miles of fibre optic cabling, as well as thousands of fibre broadband cabinets.”

A recent report claimed that 5.7 million of Openreach’s customer base do not receive the UK standard of 10Mbps, with the majority of this figure coming from rural areas.

However, BT insists that it has helped make the UK the strongest nation in the EU when it comes to broadband speeds and connectivity. 

Source: USwitch

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