Broadband services play an important role in enabling residential and business consumers to access a range of content and services. Effective retail competition plays a key role in ensuring that consumers benefit from lower prices, greater choice, better quality services and innovation. It has also encouraged high take-up with 78% of consumers and businesses accessing fixed broadband.
This document sets out Ofcom’s provisional assessment of competition within the UK's wholesale broadband access markets. The services in these markets are bought by telecoms providers in order to supply retail broadband services to residential and business consumers.
This consultation covers our analysis of competition within these markets, focusing on determining whether any telecoms provider has a position strong enough to influence market outcomes. We then set out the regulatory instruments that we are proposing to introduce to protect competition in those areas where wholesale competition is not effective.