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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. Having spent 12 years at the coalface of consumer telecoms research, initiating and running projects both nationally and internationally on behalf of the biggest players in the industry. Dan is now Director of Communications and in-house consumer telecoms expert for Cable.co.uk.

An experienced broadcaster, commentator and writer who frequently appears on BBC TV and radio, ITV, Sky and in the national papers and their websites, Dan leads a team of journalists and communications folk who spend their days researching and reporting on problems faced by UK broadband, TV and mobile customers both on an individual and macro level.

Dan campaigns on many issues currently facing consumers of broadband, TV and mobile products in the UK. These include, but are not limited to: Rural broadband provision; mobile coverage; broadband, TV and mobile customer contract issues; broadband and mobile broadband speeds; switching and money-saving; infrastructural challenges; pricing, changes and structures; shifts in technology and the marketplace; telecoms regulation, policy and law; fines, adjudications and policy changes; mergers and closures of UK providers; annual financials and more.

Dan has advised Ofcom on issues surrounding service quality. He also administers and adjudicates the yearly Broadband Service Quality Awards and sits on the panel of judges for the Internet Service Providers Association annual awards.

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