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Entanet asks if Openreach should be split to ensure business gets the focus it needs

Wholesale comms provider’s Head of Marketing says Ofcom may need to look at how Openreach is serving the needs of businesses if the UK is to remain competitive and attractive in the post-Brexit era.

Telford, 21 March 2017 – Entanet, one of UK’s leading providers of wholesale communications, is asking whether the UK communications industry needs Openreach not only to be separated from BT but also to be split into two bodies that can effectively address the different needs of UK businesses and consumers.

In the latest article on its opinion website, Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing at the company, contends that with BT and its major rivals Sky and Virgin increasingly focused on the consumer market, the needs of UK businesses are in danger of being side-lined. This could lead to the UK falling further behind other nations on the global stage at a time when it needs to be at its competitive best.

“What we may well need in the end is separate and distinct investment in infrastructure for business and consumer networks” he writes. “This will become more of an issue if the UK falls further behind other countries in terms of its broadband access speeds. Post-Brexit, being able to compete globally – to have your finger on the pulse and respond quickly to customers wherever they are – will become even more important. Within two or three years, British businesses will be demanding much higher speeds than they can get today. If they are not, something will be badly wrong.”

He also notes that, with BT now focusing as much on media and entertainment as connectivity, the split from Openreach may in fact be beneficial to the company, as it means BT won’t be fighting on as many fronts. Instead it can focus on the battle for supremacy in the consumer market, which is now largely about winning the rights to content, such as Champions League and Premier League football, and using them to drive consumer sign-ups.

To read the full article, visit https://www.enta.net/opinion/.

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About Entanet
Entanet is a leading wholesale voice and data communications provider and operates via a network of wholesale and resale channel partners. It was founded in 1996 and employs over 110 staff at its offices in Telford, Shropshire.

In February 2014, mid-market equity investor Mobeus Equity Partners made an initial £6 million investment to support a £14 million management buyout.  

Entanet offers an extensive portfolio of connectivity services, including wholesale and packaged broadband, leased lines, EFM, IP VPNs, hosting and colocation, VoIP and traditional telecoms. The company operates its own fully-resilient nationwide next generation network which enables it and its partners to provide up to 10Gbps capacity to customers right across the UK. In addition, it has further connectivity into Amsterdam and Frankfurt and over 900 peering relationships across Europe.

The quality of Entanet’s services and its commitment to partners has been widely recognised. In 2016 the company achieved the titles of ‘Best Vendor Account Management Team’ and ‘Best Vendor Marketing Team’ in the CRN Sales & Marketing Awards and ‘Channel Marketing Team of the Year’ and ‘Channel Account Team of the Year’ in the Comms Dealer Sales & Marketing Awards. Entanet also achieved ISO 9001 accreditation in 2016. 

For more information contact:
Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing
Entanet International Ltd
Tel: 0333 101 0000