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Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 124751, tabled on 3 December 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has for the diversification of the fibre supply chain as part of removing Huawei from UK fibre networks.

Answered on

8 December 2020

Government is clear that market consolidation is also a prominent issue affecting the supply chain for fixed access networks. As we announced in July, we are conducting a technical consultation which will inform our approach to accelerating diversification within fixed networks. We will set out our plans to diversify the fixed access supply market after the consultation has concluded.

We continue to work closely with network operators to support the introduction of alternative suppliers as soon as possible. We have said from the start that we will seek to incentivise existing scale players to enter the market and we remain committed to that. We welcome the progress of operators who are already taking steps to bring in new scale vendors.

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