BT to help internet providers use its telegraph poles

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced that BT must make it easier for internet providers to use its telegraph poles by making it cheaper for firms to install ultrafast full fibre broadband infrastructure.

Despite it costing £250 to £500 to fully connect a home, Ofcom said that it hopes to see 6 million buildings connected to full fibre internet by 2020.

Faulty infrastructure

Furthermore, BT will be stopped from reducing its wholesale prices in areas where rival networks are starting to lay infrastructure.

Openreach must also repair faulty infrastructure and clear the way for competitors to access its tunnels, according to the BBC.

Ofcom said in a statement: “Openreach must ensure there is space on its telegraph poles for extra fibre cables connecting homes to a competitor’s network”.

Written by Leah Alger