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Business broadband provider Fluidata has defended BT against suggestions the telecoms firm may be establishing a fibre broadband monopoly.

Earlier this week, Andrew Barron, Chief Operating Officer of Virgin Media, complained about BT receiving public subsidies to deliver super-fast broadband in the UK.

He told the Guardian that "the noble ambition of locally procured rural broadband networks is protracted and likely to favour the incumbent, freezing out new entrants".

However, Piers Daniell, Managing Director of Fluidata, has hit back at Virgin Media following the claims, reports

"The problem with the UK and Europe is as soon as a company becomes successful, we focus on how to make them unsuccessful," he stated.

"A few years ago, BT fell behind in its delivery of broadband and services. However, with the introduction of fibre-to-the-cabinet and fibre-to-the-premises services, it has leapfrogged the market and because of its success, the company is branded as having a monopoly."

Mr Daniell said BT will never be able to deliver the customisation, flexibility and innovation that customers want so there will always be a market for competitors.

"It's rich that a company like Virgin, which offers no wholesale access to its residential network, is making such an issue," he stated.

"While BT may be at the forefront on some technologies right now, it certainly won’t be the case in the future."

Mr Daniell said there are "still many holes" in BT’s network, and until it can deliver a solution that is 100 per cent effective, the firm cannot be sure to remain at the forefront.

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