JRC response to Ofcom Business Connectivity Market Review. Review of competition in the provision of leased lines

Ofcom’s Business Connectivity Market Review examines the markets for the provision of leased lines to businesses in the UK. Leased lines are high-quality, dedicated, point-to-point data transmission services used by businesses and providers of communications services. As well as being essential components of many businesses communications systems, they are also essential to support the provision of mobile telephone and fixed residential broadband services. Every three years, Ofcom conducts a review of competition in the markets for the provision of leased lines in the UK.
JRC advises that some licensed utility operators responsible for managing critical national infrastructure are limited to only migrating to the Ethernet systems if they continue to require services supplied by BT. There is some concern regarding the power resilience of these services from end to end. JRC advises that electricity and gas distribution and transmission operators responsible for managing critical national infrastructure have plans to migrate in a timely manner to self-managed resilient radio-based or other systems. It is important that these CNI sectors are not exposed by early termination of VLB services, or as regulated industries themselves, are not subject to significant price increases for this service.