The group’s commercial director, David Goldie, says “At all times BT is thinking about how it can recover the monopoly position that it lost many years ago. I don’t think that is going to represent good value for the British taxpayer.”
Certainly Talk Talk would deliver better value, then. We ran a story last year that Talk Talk is trying to figure out its fibre optics strategy, which it denied, and then announced. But Goldie seems to think BT is intent on cornering the market by itself, which is basically what all of the providers want to lay claim to.
The Guardian says it all boils down to hotly contested share of where there will be high speed, rural broadband roll-outs. Fujitsu also wants to bid for the contract, while Virgin and Talk Talk have expressed the need for a competitor to BT. BT needs to lower its prices, they say, which it has been in hot water for, but Ofcom will be keeping an eye on them when they come out in September.
Goldie claims competition would not be the kind of thing BT is after, although ultimately it would be better for the UK as a whole.
Network infrastructure auctions tend to become bloodbaths, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
The Talk Talk exec added that BT has been dragging its heels and keeping the information on the infrastructure too close to its chest, for what is essentially a taxpayer funded contract. “BT’s is a mother knows best approach,” he said. “I don’t think they are building the right infrastructure for Britain.”