(PRWEB) November 20, 2004
ÂAs the UK voice and broadband markets continue to evolve and grow, it is crucial that all companies are able to move freely and competitively. As an independent participant in the market we strongly believe that Ofcom must continue the work it has started to ensure a fair and competitive market is achieved for both suppliers and consumers.Â
ÂDespite deregulation 20 years ago, BT still enjoys an advantage over its competitors, due to BT RetailÂs preferential treatment from BT Wholesale. However, BT will no longer be able to maintain this relationship under OfcomÂs instruction that all suppliers must have access to BT WholesaleÂs products, prices and processes equivalent to BT Retail.
Williams continued; ÂWhile the concept of ÂequivalenceÂ will undoubtedly put pressure on BTÂs market share in the short term, the energy market has demonstrated (through the break-up of British Gas), that the only long term solution to creating a constantly competitive market will be to split BT Wholesale and BT Retail.
Williams concludes: ÂIt is vital that Ofcom maintain a strong line and must be fully prepared to instigate a split should BT act in an anti-competitive way.Â
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