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BT has hit back at TalkTalk's claims that it is monopolising the fibre market, claiming its rivals are attempting to sabotage BT's nationwide fibre rollout programme.

TalkTalk's latest accusation centers around the supposed lack of competition and regulation in the country's fibre optic superfast broadband market, which BT currently dominates.

According to TalkTalk, BT is receiving the vast majority of the funding allocated through the Broadband Delivery UK project, because rivals are either unable to compete due to economic reasons, or are not able to offer an adequate alternative to the superfast fibre-to-the-cabinet and fibre-to-the-premises services that BT offers, particularly where pricing is concerned.

However, Ian Livingston, Chief Executive of BT, told the Telegraph that the accusations are from people who simply do not want to see the UK receive fibre access.

"These criticisms are coming from people I can only describe as copper Luddites. BT fibre is open to any provider in the UK on the same terms as BT – there are 50 or 60 of them, that's not what I call a monopoly," he explained.

"[Competitors] are trying to stop the fibre programme so they can sweat their own copper assets. They are not prepared to invest in fibre. It's a shame they want to hobble the UK economy for their own commercial reasons."

Telecoms regulator Ofcom is set to explore the matter in further detail, taking into account the viewpoints of both BT and TalkTalk, as well as other vocal competitors, such as Sky Broadband.

In 2010, Ofcom gave BT a five-year grace period to establish its fibre network, and so is set to assess the infrastructure and suggest the need for any possible changes in 2015.

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