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Ofcom CEO Talks Broadband

Posted: 01st Apr, 2004 By: MarkJ
Ofcoms CEO, Stephen Carter, has issued a long speech to the Westminster Media Forum regarding current market situations and how it foresees the future. Somewhere in the middle of all this is the regulators overview of broadband, as pasted below:

So, let me move on to telecoms. Firstly, Broadband. There is a nexus of interrelated decisions we will need to take while the Strategic Telecommunications review is being conducted. The market will not wait for 12 months. Equally, we want to avoid taking decisions on which players base investment plans which are subsequently at variance with the outcome of the Review and the Direction of forward travel. So, we will move forward - whilst avoiding unwarranted radicalism - and on the basis of a working set of hypotheses that are consistent with the Review work so far. In terms of timetable, we will set out that overview of broadband at the end of April.

At the same time we will publish our conclusions on the Datastream migration charge. By mid-May we will publish both our analysis of the market review for Wholesale Broadband Access against BT's new tariff structures and the principles we will adopt for the Market Review of the upstream Local Loop Unbundling; leading us, by the end of May, to a clear statement of the margin analysis for Wholesale Broadband, which people can see in the context of the direction of travel on Local Loop Unbundling.


Our hypothesis is that we need a new settlement in telecoms regulation. We probably need some consolidation amongst the alternative infrastructure players, we certainly need a healthy UK cable player, or players, and we need other material retail competition for businesses and consumers. Short term Ofcom will be required to continue the tactical micro decisions of the historical telecoms regime.

There were some other paragraphs; however they tended to consist of the usual drivel that comes out of such bloated speeches and are of little interest to most of you.
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