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CityFibre files competition complaint with CMA against Openreach and Ofcom

7 Dec 2022

British pure fibre provider CityFibre has submitted a Competition Act complaint to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and Ofcom against BT’s network unit, Openreach detailing how, in its opinion, Openreach is ‘undertaking an aggressive strategy to foreclose infrastructure competition in the UK fibre broadband market’. CityFibre claims that Openreach’s strategy exploits the dependency of its wholesale ISP customers (ISPs), deterring them from placing orders with alternative fibre providers. Stating that the Competition Act 1998 was designed to prevent abusive monopolistic behaviour, CityFibre has argued that Openreach’s strategy, as set out in its complaint to the CMA, risks causing irreversible harm to network competition in the UK.

Commenting, CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch said: ‘We welcome fair competition, but [Openreach’s] behaviour is straight out of the playbook of a dominant operator using its market power and advantages to maintain its dominance … If left unchecked, [Openreach] will strangle competition and threaten the pace of the UK’s full fibre roll out – all at the same time as BT Consumer is imposing broadband price rises on millions of households far above the rate of inflation.’

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