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Openreach's Chief Executive has said he wants to build a stronger relationship with its partners.

According to Clive Selley, Openreach is fundamentally a wholesaler, which means when it goes to market, it is through retail partners such as TalkTalk, the Register reports.

Speaking at the Total Telecoms Connected Britain event in London, he said he wants to get "much closer" to these organisations in the future.

Openreach has already confirmed it will sound out communications providers (CPs) on the viability of creating a full-fibre network in Britain.

A formal consultation looks set to be opened in the summer, with providers being asked to share their views on demand for Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology and the potential costs and benefits of rolling out the technology on a large scale.

Mr Selley said the consultation will open before the end of the year, with communications providers being given time to "digest and reflect on it" before they provide responses.

"So it is about getting together with our partners to understand how we can construct a business case for full-fibre platform," he commented.

"We are going to get close to those CPs and I hope that already within the last year, they feel that collaboration is stronger. And we need it to be stronger still."

Mr Selley went on to insist that he is looking to create "a different Openreach", with the governance "transforming and transforming fast".

This assurance came after BT agreed to Ofcom's demand for Openreach to become a distinct and legally separate company.

The regulator had sought changes to Openreach's governance as it was concerned BT still had control over its decisions, while other telecoms firms were not adequately consulted on investment plans that would affect them.

Openreach will therefore be separated from BT and operate with its own staff, management, strategy and a legal purpose to serve all of its customers equally.

Mr Selley went on to insist that he is a "big fan" of full-fibre and has spent lots of time over the last year "looking at ways on how to deploy it much more efficiently than we've done in the past".

"So we are honing in our techniques and we are now going to consult our CP partners in order to build a business case for what I am hoping will be a very sizeable footprint that we will deploy across the UK," he stated.

Mr Selley added that full-fibre is the only credible option in some rural parts of the country.

However, he said there is still a need to explore other ways of boosting broadband speeds, such as using hybrid copper-fibre technology.

This option has prompted criticism from some quarters in recent months, on the grounds that Openreach is still persisting with partly copper-based broadband systems.

For instance, Vodafone recently commissioned a study, which found that under BT's current plans, the technology will increase ultrafast coverage for households by less than five per cent.

The research by Point Topic also revealed that just 6.5 per cent of households can expect to receive gigabit-capable fibre-optic cables by 2020 unless action is taken.

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