Cable.co.uk comments on Ofcom plans for Openreach to become a separate company
- Ofcom announces plan to force Openreach to become a legally separate company, though it will remain within the BT Group
- Openreach to have its own board
- New, separate Openreach to own its existing infrastructure
- "Full separation is now inevitable", says Dan Howdle, telecoms expert and Director of Communications at consumer telecoms advice site Cable.co.uk
Friday 13 May 2016: Ofcom has today set out plans its plans to establish Openreach as a distinct company, though said company will remain within the BT Group for the time being.
The regulator has stated that Openreach will have its own Board, will increase its consultation with customers who use its network (Sky, TalkTalk etc.), move existing staff over to the newly created company, put the ownership of the physical network under the new Openreach entity, carry separate branding and adopt a discreet strategy and budget.
The full Ofcom news release is available here
Commenting on the findings Dan Howdle, consumer telecoms analyst at broadband advice site Cable.co.uk, says:
“This move is clearly the first in a multi-stage process toward severing Openreach from the BT Group completely. If permanent separation were to happen, existing staff would need to be reassigned, a new board appointed, budgets allotted, and it would need to become discreet owner of its existing infrastructural assets – all of which is exactly what is happening today. Full separation is now inevitable."
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Dan Howdle has been plugged into the attitudes of UK broadband, TV and mobile customers for over two decades, running research fieldwork both nationally and internationally on behalf of the biggest players in the industry. Dan is now consumer telecoms analyst at Cable, as well as more formally operating in the role of its Director of Communications and Content.
An experienced broadcaster, commentator and writer, Dan has appeared on BBC TV and radio, ITV, Sky and in the national papers. Dan has advised Ofcom on issues surrounding service quality, administered Cable’s Broadband Service Quality Awards and sat on the panel of judges for the Internet Service Providers Association annual awards.