BT’s Patterson defends Openreach ahead of Ofcom announcement

BT CEO Gavin Patterson has defended infrastructure arm Openreach’s continued existence as a part of the UK telco, ahead of tomorrow’s recommendations on the issue by regulator Ofcom. Using his appearance at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to address the topic, Patterson said the UK market was “highly competitive” both in infrastructure, thanks […]

Sky CEO calls for the end of BT Openreach ‘status quo’

Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch has urged Ofcom to call for BT and its infrastructure arm Openreach to separate, as the regulator prepares to publish the conclusions of its digital communications review. In an open letter, published in the Times newspaper today, Darroch said that ultrafast broadband is “critical to Britain’s future economic and social welfare”, […]

UK government pledges superfast broadband for new homes

The UK government has unveiled plans to make superfast fibre broadband available to all new home developments. Announcing the new deal, the government said it has worked with BT’s Openreach network infrastructure arm and the Home Builders Federation (HBF) on an agreement that aims to provide fibre to new homes either for free or as […]

BT TV passes 1.4m as company posts first residential customer gain in decade

BT added 97,000 TV customers in its fiscal third quarter, taking its total to 1.4 million. The company said that viewership of its BT Sport offering had increased by 46% thanks in part to coverage of Champions League and Europa League football. BT said that 20 football matches recorded peak concurrent viewing above one million […]

Cross-party report calls for BT to sell off Openreach

UK operator BT should be forced to sell off its infrastructure arm Openreach to encourage “more competition and a better service for every internet user”, according to a new report. The cross-party ‘Broadbad’ study, backed by 121 UK members of parliament, highlighted “serious problems” in the UK broadband network and called for an end to […]

BT names new Openreach chief

BT has named Clive Selley as the CEO of its infrastructure arm, Openreach. Selley, who is currently chief information officer of BT Technology, Services and Operations, the telco’s core networks arm, will take over from Joe Garner, who is leaving BT to become CEO of Nationwide Building Society. A handover process will take place over […]

BT defends Openreach structure, hits back at Sky

BT has issued a strong defence of infrastructure arm Openreach’s continued operation as part of the BT Group and has highlighted what it says are continuing problems in the pay TV market as a result of Sky’s dominance in its submission to Ofcom’s Digital Communications Review. Under assault from Sky over Openreach’s alleged lack of […]

Sky calls on Ofcom to separate BT and Openreach

Sky has urged Ofcom to separate BT and its infrastructure arm Openreach in its final submission to the UK broadcast regulator as part of its strategic review of the UK’s digital communications market.  In a statement explaining its stance, Sky argued that as BT has sole control over Openreach its decisions about investment in national […]

BT pledges ‘ultrafast’ broadband to 10m homes by 2020

BT has outlined its vision for ‘Britain’s Digital Future’, including a commitment to provide “ultrafast” broadband speeds of 300-500Mbps to 10 million premises by the end of 2020. Speaking at BT’s Delivering Britain’s Digital Future conference in London, BT CEO Gavin Patterson reiterated the company’s earlier pledge to provide Ultrafast broadband to “the majority of […]

Ofcom mulls future of Openreach

Ofcom has called for expressions of views to feed into its strategic review of digital communications, which will consider among other things whether BT’s Openreach division, responsible for maintaining the national broadband network, should be split from BT’s other businesses. Ofcom’s review, the discussion document for which is published today, will cover requirements to encourage […]