Ofcom demands partial separation of BT and Openreach

The ruling is the most significant step taken so far in the protracted saga over BT’s ownership of wholesale broadband provider Openreach. Ofcom has been very vocal in its displeasure at the running of Openreach this year, with the regulator saying on multiple occasions that BT has failed to ensure quality of service to its own consumers and wholesale broadband customers. It has also repeatedly stated that BT’s ownership has led to chronic underinvestment in network infrastructure.