Oct 5, 2020

TalkTalk hits out at BT over delays to deal on ultrafast fibre

The chief executive of TalkTalk has warned that competition in the UK broadband market is under threat unless BT locks in long-term deals with rival telecoms companies to use the ultrafast fibre network it is building. Two months later BT warned that discounted deals with companies such as TalkTalk and Sky could be in breach of UK competition rules - TalkTalk had been close to striking a deal. The intervention by TalkTalk is the first sign that the British telecoms industry may be returning to its former fractious nature when BT's rivals Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone, which use Openreach's network, openly criticised the company's behaviour. Ms Harrison said that a failure to sign the wholesale contracts would be the "First real test" of the legal separation of BT and Openreach, despite the significant progress that has been made over the past three years. Ms Harrison said that TalkTalk needed certainty before it would support that move and if it could not sign a wholesale deal it would review its options "Very seriously".

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