Report claims UK broadband upgrade should be funded by operators

15 Sep 2008

A review into the roll out of high speed broadband in the UK has suggested that service providers, rather than the government, should be responsible for funding the infrastructure improvements, British broadsheet The Guardian is reporting. The report by Francesco Caio, the former boss of Cable & Wireless who was appointed earlier this year by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and the Treasury to look at the UK broadband market, recommends that the government can assist instead by ensuring regulatory hurdles are lessened for operators which are upgrading their networks. The findings follow the announcement by BT that it is to invest GBP1.5 billion (USD2.98 billion) in the rollout of its next generation network. Regulator Ofcom is expected to release its views on the market conditions and recommendations for the introduction of high speed services later this month.

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach)