Ofcom launches wholesale telecoms market review

Ofcom has launched a review of the regulations that will apply to the UK wholesale telecoms markets from April 2026 to March 2031.

The regulator said the review will help make sure the UK’s broadband infrastructure is fit for the future. It will aim to “set the right environment to promote competition and investment in gigabit-capable broadband”, as well as helping to deliver better services and more choice to consumers.

Since the conclusion of Ofcom’s last review in 2021, Openreach and many other companies have ramped up the rollout of their next-generation networks. Gigabit-capable broadband is now available to more than 23.2 million homes (78 per cent of the UK), and more than 17.1 million homes (57 per cent) can access full fibre broadband.

Ofcom expects to publish its main consultation on proposals for regulation early next year, with a view to publishing its final decisions in early 2026.