Stuart McIntoshGroup Director, Competition21 February 2013
Focus of debate – 2007 on...• Duct Sharing• Co-investment models• Sharing street cabinets 1
Early Conclusions...• Virgin Media & DOCSIS 3• Viability of FTTH• FTTC as near term upgrade path• Likelihood of further competition based on competing networks (FTTC or FTTH)• Risk and competitive constraints 2
UK Regulatory Framework (2010)...• Reliance on ‘active’ product – Virtual Unbundled Local Access (VULA)• No direct regulation of VULA price• Requirement to provide access to BT’s ducts & poles• Underpinned by Functional Separation and EOI 3
Outcome and Outlook...• SFBB now available to ~70% of homes in UK• Take up by 3.5m* homes and growing strongly• Pricing at a modest premium to current generation broadband• Coverage likely to extend to 90%+ homes given Government support * December 2012 4
Current Regulatory Focus...• Market Review – to be completed by March 2014• EC Recommendation on costing and non- discrimination• Key issues include: - guidance on margin squeeze issues - appropriateness of price regulation - evolution of regulated product (VULA) 5
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