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Vodafone joins calls for BT to be broken up

Vodafone will add its voice to mounting calls for the break-up of BT, as part of wider market reforms ahead of a regulatory review of the UK communications industry.

Ofcom, the telecoms regulator, will on Thursday close a consultation into an overarching review of the sector that will set the regulatory framework for the next 10 years.

The future structure of BT has become a focus because of complaints over its role in providing broadband services to homes and to rivals that rely on its national network to supply their own customers with broadband.

In a submission to Ofcom, Vodafone will argue that BT generated £6.5 billion ($9.9 billion) in "excessive profits" in the past 10 years from its Openreach division, which controls the national network.

Vodafone believes that these profits give BT an advantage over rivals which also offer broadband...