BT’s Managing Director of Mobility has said the operator is “optimistic” about getting clearance for its acquisition of EE.

Steve Haines told European Communications that BT hopes to get some preliminary findings about the deal by end of this month.

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is due to publish a final report on its investigation into the merger in November.

Rivals including Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone have all submitted their opposition to the deal, but Haines said there was “a lot of misguided information” being put out.

“The investment we’ve made in fibre and EE’s investments in 4G… bringing them together will be really good for the UK market,” Haines said.

When asked whether BT had contingency plans for the merger failing the regulatory hurdle, Haines said: “We’re planning for success.”

You can see the full interview below.

Haines was speaking at Broadband World Forum in London, where European Communications also spoke to Mike Galvin, BT’s Managing Director of Service, Strategy and Operations.

Galvin claimed its G.Fast field trials, which began in the summer, were “going great”.

He said: “The kit is performing as expected, customers are delighted and we’re seeing the types of performance and usage that we expected.”

Responding to the charge that G.Fast is a short-term fix, Galvin said: “Will you show me any long-term fix… In the time I’ve been involved in the internet I’ve thrown four complete sets of technology in the bin!”

Amid criticism from rivals about the structure and performance of BT’s Openreach division, Galvin said: “You’d need a lot of convincing that the current set up isn’t working… there’s a lot of evidence to suggest that we’re doing better than the rest of the world.”

You can see the full interview below.

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