11 May 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
BT’s last-mile subsidiary Openreach is to begin a consultation on how to deliver fibre-style speeds to the 3% of the UK that get less than 10Mbps.
But rival company CityFibre, an open-access
wholesale provider, condemned the plans. CEO Greg Mesch
said: "It is laughable that Openreach claim to be the
nation’s digital champion when it is responsible
for the UK being stuck in the digital doldrums. It has fallen
to CityFibre, an independent communications infrastructure
builder, to lead the charge to deliver the UK’s
full fibre future not Openreach."
He added: "It is now abundantly clear that infrastructure
competition, supported by targeted regulation and government
support, is the only mechanism that will guarantee the
innovation and investment needed to catch up and compete with