Feeds

BT will ‘dominate DSL segment’

Competition?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

BT will dominate the broadband market in the UK if it is allowed to proceed unchecked with its no-frills, access-only product BT Broadband.

Independent research commissioned by Freeserve found that BT could end up with three quarters of all DSL subscribers in the UK by the end of 2003.

With such a massive slice of the DSL subscriber base, ISPs such as Freeserve, AOL UK and others would be left to fight for the scraps.

If the prediction for such market domination proves correct, it's unclear how this would shape up against the Government's own stated aim for the UK to have the "most extensive and competitive broadband market in the G7 by 2005".

Part of the criticism currently being thrown at BT is that its BT Broadband product is charged via people's phone bill.

And since the phone bill is often accompanied by marketing material flogging other BT services, ISPs claim this gives BT Retail unfair advantage in marketing its broadband product to more than 20 million customers in the UK.

Even the UK's leading ISPs, such as Freeserve and AOL UK, are unable to compete on this same basis.

The report by an independent research outfit concludes: "Our analysis implies that BT expects to dominate the DSL segment, with a share of 74 per cent of subscriptions in June 2003. Marketing via the blue bill...will significantly strengthen BT's position in the DSL segment."

Last week, Freeserve lodged a complaint with Oftel alleging that BT is exploiting its "monopoly position" within the fixed line telephony market to flog BT Broadband.

Freeserve also alleged that BT Retail has "unmatchable advantages" against ISPs. ®

Related Story

Freeserve in legal fight against Oftel

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
Forget silly privacy worries - help biometrics firms make MILLIONS
Beancounter reckons dabs-scanning tech is the next big moneypit
Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook
Office Graph, social features for Office 365 going public
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.