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Britain's leading telcos have lodged a formal complaint with Oftel against BT over the way broadband services are being introduced, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

The newspaper reports that Kingston Communications, Energis and Colt are among a number of operators that claim BT is not providing fair access to it local exchanges as part of local loop unbundling (LLU).

The telcos claim that while they are struggling to gain access to local exchanges in order to install their kit and offer broadband services directly to businesses and consumers, BT is busy rolling out its own broadband services effectively giving itself a head start.

The telcos want BT to own up and admit it's been behaving like a cad or face a legal bite on the backside from the winged watchdog.

A spokeswoman for Oftel was unable to confirm by press time whether a formal complaint had been lodged.

A spokeswoman for BT was also unable to confirm whether a formal complaint had been lodged, and would not comment until she knew one way or t'other.

No one at Colt or Energis was available by press time. A spokesman for Kingston said he would see what he could do.

Last week Energis CE, Mike Grabiner, was reportedly leading a "council of war" to take on BT in the courts. ®

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