Ofcom have issued a call for input ahead of reviews of the ‘fixed access markets’: wholesale local access; wholesale fixed analogue exchange lines; wholesale and retail ISDN; and wholesale ISDN30. Currently BT is considered to have SMP in each of these markets and the remedies imposed are local loop unbundling, wholesale line rental (both subject to charge controls), sub-loop unbundling, virtual unbundled local access and passive infrastructure access. In particular, in the call for input, Ofcom note the very low uptake of passive infrastructure access (access to BT’s ducts and poles) by other communications providers and they question whether the remedy should be removed. Ofcom have also asked for respondents’ views on potential remedies not previously imposed including dark fibre and wave-length unbundling. Responses to both of the call for input documents were due on 20 December 2012.

For the full call for input document, please go to: http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/fixed-access-markets/summary/condoc.pdf