Ofcom update: Review of wholesale fixed analogue exchange lines markets

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Ofcom today published a statement which concludes that BT and KCOM have significant market power in the respective wholesale fixed analogue exchange line services markets (in BT's case the UK, excluding the Hull area; and in KCOM's case the Hull area).

The wholesale products supplied in these markets provide the connection between a customer’s premises and the exchange, enabling communications providers to offer basic retail landline services including voice calls and dial-up internet access.

Ofcom has concluded that the wholesale remedies are largely unchanged. BT is required to offer wholesale line rental (WLR), which will be charge controlled so that other communications providers are able to provide retail products in competition with BT.

Ofcom will consult on the detail of the WLR charge control separately in early 2011.


Mark Burcher