We are consulting on proposals for the markets for Wholesale Local Access (WLA, which involves the physical connection of telephone and broadband services to homes and business premises) and Wholesale Broadband Access (WBA, which involves the provision of broadband over those physical connections) in the Hull Area. The consultation presents our provisional conclusion that KCOM continues to have significant market power in each of these markets. It then sets out our proposals for regulations designed to encourage greater competition in the provision of fixed telecoms services for Hull consumers.
The proposed regulations take account of the investments KCOM is making in its new fibre to the premises network and the challenges faced by other operators utilising KCOM’s existing networks to provide alternative services to Hull consumers. In particular, we are proposing greater transparency in KCOM’s development and provision of wholesale services, while also recognising the need to move regulation from a focus on copper services to fibre services. We will take all responses to this consultation into account before reaching our final conclusions, which we plan to publish in a statement in March 2018.