A paper published last week by UK industry regulator Ofcom indicates that the watchdog is looking at access to the next generation networks.
“Investment in next generation access (NGA) networks continues to gather pace internationally, with announced deployments from both operators and public sector organisations. Ofcom considers now is the appropriate time to revisit the issues raised by next generation access investments. These investments are distinct from next generation core networks which focus on replacing multiple legacy core networks with a single IP-based network.”
Ofcom also says that much of the debate about the regulation of next generation access focuses on whether other operators should be allowed mandated access to this infrastructure, and if so on what terms.
The regulator will be running a series of road show talking shops in 2007 for stakeholders to air their views.