Ofcom has announce that BT Openreach must become a separate company to BT, although this new company will still be part of the BT group.
BT Openreach is responsible for the infrastructure for telecommunications and Internet within the UK and there have been calls for them to be split from BT.
BT has notified plans to Ofcom to deliver changes to Openreach’s governance, to make it more independent and accountable to its customers. We welcome BT’s acknowledgement of the need to reform Openreach, and elements of BT’s proposal. However, there remain important areas where it does not fully address our concerns. For example, the need for Openreach to be a legally separate company, and for Openreach to have confidential discussions with its customers without oversight by BT.
Whilst this new company will be a separate company it will still be owned by the BT Group, it will be interesting to see if this improves things or whether Ofcom will have to rule again in the future on how Openreach should be run.
There will also be some major changes to the way telecom systems are run within the UK, this applies to all providers and will include things like easier switching of providers, automatic compensation and more.
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