The Best Alternatives to BT Openreach

Feb 16, 2022

Being connected to good broadband internet is essential in the UK in 2022. The internet is one of the major forces that drives everything that we do in the world today – from how we communicate with each other to how we enjoy our leisure time, to how we run and grow our businesses. Inadequate internet service is just not an option anymore, and it is essential, therefore, that you have the best internet that is possible.

Our internet services in the UK are generally provided by connecting to either the telephone network or mobile phone networks. This requires a certain degree of infrastructure to install and maintain this service, and this is where Openreach comes into play.

When it comes to the provision of our internet services, Openreach is a major player for many people – but it is not the only option that you have.

What is Openreach? In the UK, Openreach is the company that is responsible for the network infrastructure that supplies much of the country with its broadband services. Most of the broadband service providers tap into the infrastructure that is installed, maintained, and run by Openreach. They are responsible for the cables, street cabinets, and connections to the local exchanges, essentially providing the infrastructure that supports the broadband services that domestic and business customers pay for.

Whilst the majority of the UK's telephone line broadband is run through Openreach, not all of it is, and it does not necessarily have to be.

A History of Openreach Openreach was originally part of BT. It has since become separated from them due to pressure that has come from MPs and internet provider competitors who believed that there were discrepancies in the level of service between BT customers and others.

These discrepancies led to the belief that the broadband services were uncompetitive as faults were not always resolved at the same speed across the board.

When the decision was made in 2005 that Openreach and BT should be made separate entities, it is was initially suggested that they would be completely separate. However, it was then agreed that it would be too complicated to do this. The solution was to make Openreach a subsidiary of BT, meaning that it is operated and regulated separately, ensuring that the service that they provide is fair and balanced between all of the companies that use it.

This new structure was implemented in 2006 when Openreach was launched as an infrastructure brand. At first, this provided short-term savings to broadband customers, but it has meant price rises in the longer term. It has also led to a lack of investment in the UK as a whole and a slow fibre broadband rollout.

This has meant that instead of the extra fast fibre optic broadband that is desirable in the UK in 2022, much of the country only has access to the inferior G-Fast fibre through Openreach.

The good news is that there are now several viable alternatives to Openreach for both domestic and commercial customers.

Is Openreach Part of BT? Following demands for change from Ofcom, Openreach became a subsidiary of BT as a way to ensure equal and fair services across the diverse internet providers who use their services. Although they are still connected, Openreach has a different logo, branding, and board. They did, however, take a number of staff with them from BT to become Openreach workers.

Alternatives to Openreach Although you will almost certainly not deal with them directly, Openreach is normally (at least partly) ultimately responsible for the quality of your internet. It is important to remember, however, that there are alternatives to Openreach.

Virgin Media has its own broadband network, meaning that it is not at the mercy of Openreach. They provide a similar service for similar prices, which involves running cables in a similar way to Openreach, but not always reaching everywhere in the UK.

Satellite Broadband is a service whereby broadband is provided via satellite. It is a good option for places that cannot be reached by other methods, but the speed is generally slower than other broadband options.

4G and 5G Mobile Networks can offer an alternative to Openreach by enabling users to access the broadband internet via their mobile networks. Whilst using 4G this has generally been inferior to Openreach services, the introduction of 5G Broadband means that it is a much more viable option.

Netomnia is currently rolling out ultrafast full fibre broadband across the UK. Instead of using the inferior copper cables or a mixture of copper and fibre optic cables, the broadband internet that is provided is supplied entirely through fibre optic cables.

Benefits of Netomnia Over Openreach The main difference between Netomnia Broadband and the internet services provided by Openreach is the quality of the line. In essence, Openreach internet is provided using cables that are made either entirely from copper or using a combination of copper and fibre optic cable. A copper cable has a higher risk of issues such as degeneration and interference than a fibre optic cable. Netomnia manages to get a reliable ultrafast broadband service by using fibre optic cables.

Why Make the Switch

If you are looking for the most up-to-date, fastest, and reliable internet service, Netomnia can offer the perfect solution. With our fibre optic cables, we are able to supply excellent broadband services. If you think that our internet services are for you, it is important to remember that we are still in the process of rolling it out across the UK.

You can check at which stage we are at in your area with our postcode checker. Here you will be told whether we have completed and are already supplying ultrafast full fibre broadband, if work is in progress, or if you are in an area that we are still to do.

We work with some excellent internet service providers (ISPs) who connect to the infrastructure that we are building. For the best information, we suggest that you talk to them directly.