New Openreach CEO appointed from within the BT Group
Joe Garner who is leaving Openreach as its CEO this quarter now has a replacement in the form of Clive Selley. Clive is currently Group Chief Information Officer as well as CEO of BT Technology, Service and Operations.
"I am honoured to have been asked to lead Openreach at this important point in its history. The huge investment it has made over the past decade has made the UK a broadband leader, and we need to build on those foundations by deploying fibre to further communities and by rolling out ultrafast broadband. Customer service is a top priority of mine and I am committed to delivering further improvements by working closely with all industry partners who rely on our network to serve their customers.
Openreach is at the heart of the UK economy with our open access network underpinning a ferociously competitive broadband market. That has benefited consumers and businesses greatly.
The engineers are the lifeblood of Openreach and I have been hugely impressed by their tireless work in challenging circumstances during the current floods. They will play a crucial role in the coming decade as they have done to date.Clive Selley, new Openreach CEO
Taking over at this point in time when it is highly likely that 2016 will bring transformative change on Openreach as a result of the decisions by Ofcom is a difficult one. It appears that as part of Clive's previous role he oversaw some of the development of G.fast which Openreach is hoping to use to transform the network from superfast to ultrafast. Whether G.fast and a wider FTTH roll-out will happen depends a lot on the outcome of what Ofcom decides, they could keep things as they are and meddle slightly, they could force Openreach to operate more at arms length, or force the division to become its own PLC or the nuclear option of recommending re-nationalisation of the local loop.