Openreach cancels UK launch of their dark fibre access

16 August 2017 : By Richard Auld

Openreach cancels UK launch of their dark fibre access

Openreach has cancelled the planned launch of Dark Fibre Access which was planned for 1st October, with a trial that should have started on 1st August.

next connex had undertaken considerable work to integrate this service into its product portfolio and had customers signed and others in the planning stage.


next connex will continue to offer dark fibre and dedicated fibre solutions working with a range of partners including bespoke duct construction.

We have access to existing dark fibre networks in Edinburgh, Newport (Gwent), Leicester, London Borough of Newham, Bournemouth and Bristol among others.

The full text of the Openreach statement is included below.


Openreach’s Official Statement

“Industry will be aware, in June 2016 BT appealed Ofcom’s findings in the 2016 Business Connectivity Market Review (BCMR) on the market definition and the imposition of the Dark Fibre Access (DFA) remedy.

The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) issued a Ruling on 26 July 2017 that Ofcom had erred (a) defining a single product market for contemporary interface symmetric broadband origination (CISBO) services of all bandwidth, (b) concluding that the rest of the UK comprises a single geographic market and (c) its determination of the boundary between competitive core segments and the terminating segments of BT’s network

In light of the CAT ruling and following discussions between Ofcom and various parties involved in the CAT litigation, Openreach do not intend to launch DFA on 1 October 2017 or notify launch pricing at the end of August/early September 2017. We’ll issue formal communications to CPs over the coming days.

We are very keen to discuss with CPs what existing or future alternatives to dark fibre may meet their requirements.”

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