Telcos told to open up broadband fibre

Yesterday the European Commission told telcos that they should give rivals access to their fast broadband networks, in a draft recommendation for national telecoms regulators, reported in the Financial Times.

The Commission also underlined the importance of ensuring that Europe's incumbents secure sustainable returns on their broadband investments, the report said.

Investments in broadband networks based on optical fibre are the largest capital spending projects confronting Europe's fixed-line telecoms companies.

BT, the UK's leading fixed-line company, welcomed the intervention but Deutsche Telekom, Germany's former monopoly, rejected the recommendation.

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