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Ofcom has confirmed the measures it will take to stimulate investment in full-fibre broadband networks across the UK.

Under the new system, 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.

Meanwhile, Ofcom will not regulate the prices of Openreach's fastest wholesale superfast broadband products, including its new full-fibre services, to incentivise operators to build full-fibre networks. 

The watchdog also aims to ensure affordable access to superfast broadband for homes and businesses by cutting the wholesale price that Openreach can charge telecoms companies for its entry-level superfast broadband service.

In addition, Openreach will be subject to stricter requirements to repair faulty infrastructure and clear blocked tunnels where necessary, in order for other providers to access them.

Ofcom said this package of measures should "further increase investment in full-fibre broadband networks and drive improvements in the quality of Openreach’s service".

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