The Daily Telegraph

BT is fined £42m by Ofcom

- By Sophie Jamieson

BT has been fined £42 million by the communicat­ions regulator for a “serious breach” of rules – the largest fine ever imposed on a telecoms provider.

Ofcom conducted an investigat­ion into Openreach, the arm of BT that maintains the telecoms network which is used by other telephone and broad- band providers. It found BT had misused the terms of its contracts to cut compensati­on payments for delays in connecting high-speed business lines. It is estimated that BT will have to pay £300m in compensati­on to its rivals.

Clive Selley, chief executive of Openreach, apologised and said improvemen­ts had been made to ensure the same mistakes were not repeated.

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