BT Openreach Prices Poles and Ducts

BT's access network division issues revised prices for pole and duct access

October 7, 2011

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LONDON -- Openreach today issued revised prices for pole and duct access (PIA) as well as breaking down many of those products into their component parts. Both moves will assist other companies who are keen to use such infrastructure to deliver fibre broadband to rural areas.

The new prices are significantly lower – in some cases more than 60 per cent lower - than the draft ones issued in January when there was a limited understanding of the costs and challenges incurred with providing such access. They are up to 38 per cent below the European average for rural areas – according to independent research firm Ovum – and will come into force in November.

The lower prices reflect an improved understanding of the relevant costs – gained through trials which are ongoing – as well as detailed discussions with Ofcom over which of those costs, and how much of them, Openreach is allowed to recover from PIA. Openreach believes the new prices are fair, strictly cost-orientated and in line with Ofcom guidance.

As well as revising the prices, Openreach has broken down some products into their component parts. This will allow Communications Providers (CPs) to “pick and mix” which services they buy from Openreach and which they deliver themselves. As a result, CPs will enjoy greater flexibility and choice.

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