Consultation: Promoting investment and competition in fibre networks – Wholesale Fixed Telecoms Market Review 2021-26

  • Start: 08 January 2020
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 22 May 2020

Investment in the UK’s telecoms infrastructure is needed to meet growing and future demand for ultrafast broadband. Future broadband networks should provide choice, value and quality. Ofcom’s approach to achieving that has been through encouraging competition between different networks.

This document sets out our detailed plans for regulation from April 2021 of the fixed telecoms markets that underpin broadband, mobile and business connections.

Our aim is to create the best possible conditions for companies to invest in ultrafast broadband so customers in all parts of the UK can enjoy the benefits it provides, while protecting customers as the UK transitions to new, faster fibre networks.

We will publish our decision statement before the new regulation will take effect in April 2021. This review does not cover the Hull area, which will be subject to a separate consultation.

Update 30 September 2020 – further clarification

In response to a query from Openreach, we have today published a clarification (PDF, 171.9 KB) on our proposed approach to setting prices for dark fibre services.

Main documents

Annexes 1-23
(PDF File, 3.8 MB)

Supporting documents

Openreach (Ethernet QoS)
(PDF File, 183.5 KB)

Supporting documents

Stakeholder clarifications
(PDF File, 143.5 KB)
Vodafone clarification
(PDF File, 200.2 KB)
TalkTalk clarification
(PDF File, 146.6 KB)
Openreach clarification
(PDF File, 171.9 KB)
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Responder name Type
Adam, G. (PDF File, 72.1 KB) Individual
Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland (PDF File, 152.8 KB) Organisation
Advisory Committee for Scotland (PDF File, 189.3 KB) Organisation
Axione (PDF File, 1.5 MB) Organisation
Borderlands - Cumbria County Council (PDF File, 876.2 KB) Organisation
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