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Geo Withdraws from BDUK Initiative, Blames BT

Geo Networks has announced that it has withdrew from the Broadband Delivery UK initiative, which is responsible for bringing companies together and distributing the funds allocated by the government to ensure super-fast broadband access for everyone.

Geo Networks, in a statement, claimed that the current provisions were designed to favour BT and no one else. The company was helping out with the fibre roll out in the UK. Geo Networks also cited higher PIA pricing for the project.

"BT does not suffer from any of these restrictions when it has to assess the business case for deploying new optical fibre cable over its existing infrastructure. Only BT can deploy fibre for backhauling traffic long distances from local exchanges for itself and the wholesale ISP market," said Geo's chief executive Chris Smedley reports eWeek (opens in new tab).

Meanwhile, BT remained unfazed about Geo Networks walking out and claimed that the move ‘hardly came as a surprise' because the roll out required a high level of ‘commitment and expertise'.

The company said that Geo Networks was blaming BT, Ofcom and Broadband Delivery UK while other companies were making so much progress.

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