Regulator mulls BT Group break-up
Published 17/07/2015 | 02:30
Britain's telecommunications watchdog is reviewing a possible breakup of BT Group that would mean forcing the country's biggest phone company to separate its Openreach unit that leases its network to rival carriers.
Ofcom's update on its strategic review of the digital communications market - the first in a decade - said its options included splitting off Openreach or letting BT keep the network but with tougher rules and more competition.
BT has the country's biggest physical network and resells service to other operators at regulated rates.
Ofcom is studying how regulation can improve the development of high-speed broadband and said 8pc of UK households can't access that speed.
The review started in March.
"The incentive for BT to discriminate against competing providers can be limited by regulation, but not removed entirely," the regulator said, adding it was concerned Openreach's performance on behalf of providers is often poor.