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BT has pledged to invest more heavily in Fibre-to-the-Premise [FTTP], and Fibre-to-the-Cabinet [FTTC] broadband.

Speaking at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Chief Executive Gavin Patterson said the company is ready to make a "significant investment" in the next generation of technology.

However, he said this is a "big decision" that will depend on the outcome of Ofcom's Strategic Review, in which it will decide whether or not BT and Openreach should be separated to boost competitiveness in the broadband market.

"Openreach is the only national player and it is very heavily regulated," Mr Patterson commented.

"We believe having Openreach as a unit within the BT group is good for investment and for research and development, and insures you get a national service at competitive prices." 

Mr Patterson added that it is doubtful the same level of investment could be made if BT and Openreach are separated.

Ofcom's decision is set to be announced on Thursday February 25th.

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