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CityFibre has welcomed Ofcom's push to boost investment in full-fibre broadband networks across the UK.

Last week, the watchdog confirmed it is introducing new rules as part of an effort to stimulate investment in full-fibre broadband nationwide and build on recent momentum in this area.

BT will be required to make its telegraph poles and underground tunnels open to competitors, so it is quicker and easier for rival firms to build their own full-fibre networks.

Ofcom noted that this approach is already being used by providers such as CityFibre and Virgin Media and could "fundamentally change the business case for building new networks".

The watchdog has also stated that BT's infrastructure division Openreach must repair faulty infrastructure and clear blocked tunnels where necessary, in order for other providers to access them.

Additionally, Openreach has been told to ensure there is space on its telegraph poles for extra fibre cables connecting homes to a rival's network, as well as release a 'digital map' of its duct and pole network, so other companies can plan where to lay fibre.

In response, CityFibre said it is pleased that Ofcom has "recognised the need for a healthy competitive landscape in building full-fibre across Britain" and acknowledged its efforts to take a lead on the issue.

The provider said Ofcom has taken a "balanced approach" and commended the improvements to duct and pole access, as well as the inclusion of "some protections against potential anti-competitive tactics from Openreach".

"It’s a step in the right direction," CityFibre added.

Ofcom believes that full-fibre broadband is considerably faster and more reliable than today's superfast internet services.

However, it noted that the technology is currently available to just three per cent of homes and offices in Britain.

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