URGENT Please comment on this draft by 12 noon Friday 30 July 21.
The Openreach Monitoring Unit (OMU) conducts regular reviews of Openreach’s independence and performance against commitments and associated governance protocols.
INCA welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this review and encourages Ofcom to ensure that the OMU’s role is sufficiently broad and flexible to address issues as they arise. INCA does not believe that the role of the OMU should be solely the review of compliance against commitments and associated governance protocols, but should encompass a duty to identify, review, monitor and report any and all potential concerns in relation to how Openreach operates and serves the rest of the BT group, its own wholesale businesses and third parties purchasing services at different levels of the network and product value chains.
INCA believes that the role of the OMU will become increasingly important and that Ofcom should review the powers of the OMU or create appropriate escalation paths between the OMU and other parts of Ofcom to ensure that the OMU’s observations and comments are treated with the necessary level of importance within Openreach and BT Group.