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UK communications watchdog Ofcom has announced it is to widen an investigation into BTOpenreach's Ethernet provision, after recent allegations made by Vodafone.

Vodafone, which recently launched its first foray into the fixed broadband market, claims Openreach not only delayed the provisions of its Ethernet service, but did so without its consent, while also failing to offer compensation.

Ofcom has already told BT that it has an obligation to provide services as quickly as possible and on "fair and reasonable terms”.

An initial probe was launched two months ago when Vodafone alleged Openreach had been using the Deemed Consent mechanism in its contracts to justify the delays.

An Openreach Spokesperson told “Ethernet provision is very complex and errors can occur in the process, though these were neither deliberate nor systematic. We will continue to work with Ofcom ahead of any final decision in its investigation.

"We have already proposed significant changes to industry to improve the process and address the issues raised.”

However, Ofcom could still take further action against the company, adding In statement: “Our provisional view is that, in light of the above, BT would, in certain circumstances, have been in breach of its SMP obligation to provide its services on fair and reasonable terms and as soon as reasonably practicable.”



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