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When OpenReach is split away from BT

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When OpenReach is split away from BT

OFCOM is consulting on the future of telecoms in the UK. More specifically one of the options under consideration is the spin off of OpenReach.
I can foresee a world where OpenReach contract with individuals to provide a wire/fibre to the home. OpenReach would bill the consumer monthly/annually for the connection and would deal with installation/maintenance. Such technical issues as line speed faults would be in OpenReach's purview.
Companies like BT, PlusNet would charge only for services delivered over that wire/fibre, but with no fees for provision of the connection.
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Re: When OpenReach is split away from BT

That won't happen because of where it would leave the relationship between the LLU suppliers and OpenReach!
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Re: When OpenReach is split away from BT

LLU would continue as is, why should that have to alter?
Splitting OpenReach off from BT would not be too difficult. For the shareholders just issue "x" shares for those BT shares already held with a corresponding reduction in price of the "new" BT shares. Pensions and loans would effectively be a book transfer.
It would have the effect that OpenReach could focus on  quickly producing a digital infrastructure for our country with an obligation to reach 99% of the population. Meanwhile BT could continue with Services such as voice, ISP, marketing and buying rights to show football. It would mean the line renter no longer pays for footballers. At present OpenReach is too busy focussing only on geographic locations where it would make a quick profit for BT.
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Re: When OpenReach is split away from BT

i can't see Openreach changing their business model at all should they split.
they would continue to deal only with suppliers and not be customer-facing at all.
i can see no compelling reason why Openreach would even consider it.
Network Rail aren't customer facing and they do the same for rail that Openreach do for telecoms.
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Re: When OpenReach is split away from BT

assuming they went ahead with the plan who would own the non UK infrastructure bits ? what would happen the R&D facilities in Korea and Singapore (and other places)  how would openreach provide us with anything if they have zero consumer contact to work on what's required ?
it sounds like a great idea on the surface especially as most of the LLU providers keep arguing that its the only way to provide a fair deal for them, yet they refuse to acknowledge that the openreach part of the business has been loosing money hand over fist since the day LLU was introduced, if it did get sup off into a new company just like network rail it would go bankrupt within 5 years, then it will hike prices as part of the bailout by 50% and start charging actual costs instead of levelling off the books via reducing BTGS's profit margin.....
actually just for a laugh they should do it and instead of Ofcom setting a 10 year fixed price for line rental (that's artificially low for the LLU operators) they should increase the costs to operators to reflect actual running costs + the standard 4% profit margin, iirc back in 2010 that was estimated to be about £35/mth per customer and was deemed an unfair burden to other providers (which is why BT is still tax payer subsidised to a degree) and was largely down to the cost of the electricity ......
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Re: When OpenReach is split away from BT

Such negative thought waves. You won't win the war like that Corporal. What you raise are minor details, easily dealt with and no fuss. R&D should stay in Martlesham Heath and not frittered away in the Far East teaching Johnny Foreigner our infrastructure secrets.
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Re: When OpenReach is split away from BT

no need to go down the racist route!
besides we could learn a lot from the far east. their telecoms infrastructure is light years ahead of ours.
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Re: When OpenReach is split away from BT

Any chance of Plusnet and any other ISP that BT own being split off too?
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Re: When OpenReach is split away from BT

Quote from: chenks76
no need to go down the racist route!

Rascist?  No, merely xenophobic.
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