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C&W Slaps BT For "Stifling" Innovation

Posted: 14th Jul, 2004 By: MarkJ
Cable & Wireless (C&W) has used a meeting with MPs, which are investigating the role of communications and technology in the UK economy, to attack BT and blame it for problems with the rollout of xDSL:

The attack, led by Francesco Caio, the chief executive of C&W, accused BT of "stifling innovation" among its competitors. He also took a swipe at government and previous industry regulators for "protectionist policies".

Mr Caio told the Trade and Industry Select Committee that the roll-out of broadband, known as DSL, had suffered at the hands of BT, which had also put barriers in the way of rivals starting up residential fixed-line services, so-called carrier pre-select (CPS) suppliers.

"BT has around 1 million DSL subscribers, many sold through businesses like us that buy their product wholesale and resell it. But doing so has been a frustrating process as they [BT] have failed to provide either certainty of supply or pricing," Mr Caio said. He said it had taken BT four years to put together its CPS offer "when this was not like putting a man on the moon". A spokesman for BT said that Mr Caio was guilty of an "old-fashioned moan" and had got his facts wrong.


Interestingly C&W was more supportive of Ofcom and avoided including them in its scathing attack. More @ The Independent newspaper.
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