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Broadband providers hoping to access BT's network of dark fibre lines are set to be disappointed, it has been reported.

Ofcom has clarified its position on the high-capacity fibre-optic cable - which has been laid but is not yet fully utilised - and it has no plans to make wholesale access mandatory.

As reported by, the media regulator said it had considered the case for imposing an alternative or additional set of requirements known as passive remedies.

These may have included requiring BT to provide access to its ducts, poles or dark fibre to rival service providers in order to boost competition.

"We are not proposing such passive remedies, because we consider that less intrusive remedies are likely to achieve similar benefits for consumers," Ofcom stated.

"Passive remedies would carry significant risks of worse outcomes, both for consumers and for effective competition, including adding costs and encouraging inefficient entry."

BT is investing £2.5 billion upgrading its UK broadband infrastructure to support super-fast fibre-optic services.

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