Insists UK telecoms regulation should be scaled back where it helps ‘the dominant player’.
BT CEO Gavin Patterson has called for telco regulation to be removed "where the world has moved on."
In a thinly veiled reference to SkyTV Patterson said he hopes that the current Ofcom market review will lead towards what he terms a "level playing field".
"We would argue that there are certain parts of the market where there is a dominant player – Pay TV – that does not have the same expectations and restrictions that BT has to work with. When customers increasingly buy in bundles, the difference becomes extremely blurred between a Pay TV-led bundle and a telco-led bundle," he said.
He added: "I really hope we use this as an opportunity to remove regulation where the world has moved on."
Speaking at IDATE’s DigiWorld event in London, Patterson attributed the strength of the UK broadband market partly to strong market demand, but added that targeted regulation had been key.
Commenting on BT‘s proposed acquisition of EE, Patterson commented that the UK was one of the only markets in the world where no operator had both fixed and wireless assets.
"The UK was the outlier in terms of market structure. All we’re doing is catching up with the rest of the world."
He credited watchdogs for the strong UK broadband market but hopes that there may be further opportunities to scale back regulation.
He said: "The market provisions, particularly regulation, have created a very positive outcome for customers. Ofcom deserves credit for this: focusing regulation around bottlenecks, in particular networks…and taking the rest of the market and trying to remove regulations…has created a set of conditions that attract innovation, investment and choice."
"It’s meant that prices for both wholesale and retail have remained among the lowest across Europe, and interestingly, significantly lower than the US.
"In focusing regulation only where it’s necessary and allowing the market to innovate and invest, we’ve got the right market structure and the right type of regulation to succeed."