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Vodafone has published a detailed summary of its submission to Ofcom’s Strategic Review, with the separation of BT from Openreach still one of the most pressing issues.

The mobile giant has already expressed its support for the proposed changes, adding it would also like to see greater access BT's national Dark Fibre network, as well as a more flexible Pay TV market.

In a statement, Vodafone said it wants discrimination to be addressed, while also investing more in competition, along with the structural separation of BT Openreach.

The provider also wants to see the necessary framework for multi-operator investment by enhancing access to BT's ducts and poles, ensuring BT also uses these products in the same way as other providers.

Vodafone also wants to make it easier for consumers to switch suppliers across multiple services, including Pay TV, broadband and mobile.

Finally, it is also demanding there is fair access to exclusive premium TV content and evaluate future auction processes in order ensure customers are not excluded from viewing key sporting events.

It added that “longer-term competition has been undermined by the regulatory freedom given to BT“, with Vodafone claiming the services delivered by BT Openreach's network are currently defined by two key characteristics; poor quality of service and high profitability.

The operator claims BT made £6.5 billion more in excess profit than should be allowed by Ofcom's regulatory model.

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