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The government can do more to foster competition in the UK broadband sector, it has been suggested.

Mark Jackson, Editor-in-Chief at, said the terms of the Broadband Delivery UK framework could be improved, enabling smaller broadband providers to win contracts.

He said that at present, such companies are finding it near-impossible to compete with the incumbent telecoms provider BT.

And as such, smaller providers are unable to make a difference to broadband services in rural communities, where upgrades are needed the most.

"It's hardly a competitive tender process if BT is the only viable bidder and winner," Mr Jackson stated.

"Similarly BT doesn't like the idea of rival [providers] accessing its cable ducts unless they're just going to offer a service that only goes to residential customers - which makes the business case harder to make.”

He suggested that this position "needs to be tackled", allowing all broadband providers to contribute to the UK's network upgrade.

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