26 March 2024

Ofcom launches 2026 wholesale telecoms review to power-up gigabit broadband rollout

Ofcom has today kicked off its review of the regulations that will apply to the UK wholesale telecoms markets from April 2026 until March 2031.

The review will help make sure the UK’s broadband infrastructure is fit for the future. It will aim to set the right environment to promote competition and investment in gigabit-capable broadband, to deliver better services and more choice to consumers.

Since the conclusion of our last review in 2021, Openreach and many other companies have ramped up the rollout of their next-generation networks. Gigabit-capable broadband is now available to more than 23.2 million homes (78% of the UK), and more than 17.1 million homes (57%) can access full-fibre broadband.

We expect to publish our main consultation on proposals for regulation early next year, with a view to publishing our final decisions in early 2026.

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