Statement: Quality of service for ethernet and dark fibre

  • Start: 14 July 2023
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 24 August 2023

Statement published 30 October 2023

Ofcom has decided to retain existing standards on Openreach’s quality of service for Ethernet and Dark Fibre repairs for the remainder of the control period.

As part of our 2021 review of wholesale fixed telecoms markets, we set Openreach annual minimum standards for repairs and installations, to ensure it provides the quality of service its customers need. Data provided by Openreach suggested that existing standards were becoming increasingly difficult to reach due to a change in the underlying fault mix. Following this, we proposed to replace the current ‘on-time repair’ measure with a ‘mean time to repair’ measure and standard.

However, having carefully considered responses to our consultation from multiple stakeholders, we have decided to retain the existing measure and standard. Overall, these are minimum standards that Openreach is expected to achieve and, while this may be challenging, it reflects the criticality to customers of ethernet and dark fibre services.

The decisions we have taken and our reasoning are set out in the statement below.

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Responder name Type
Name withheld 1 (PDF File, 50.8 KB) Individual
Openreach (PDF File, 6.1 MB) Organisation
TalkTalk (PDF File, 372.8 KB) Organisation
UK Competitive Telecommunications Association (PDF File, 339.9 KB) Organisation
Virgin Media O2 (PDF File, 224.3 KB) Organisation
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