Feeds

Europe faces legal action over ‘disappointing’ LLU

When the writs hit the fan

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The European Commission (EC) has threatened legal action against some member states after describing local loop unbundling (LLU) in Europe as "very disappointing".

In its 7th Report on the Implementation of the Telecommunications Regulatory Package published yesterday the EC claims that the progress of LLU is "overall not satisfactory".

It found that not enough is being done to open up local networks to competition and has called on national regulators to get tough with incumbent telcos found dragging their heels.

Erkki Liikanen, the commissioner for enterprise and technology, and competition commissioner, Mario Monti, said that they would start the process of legal action on December 20 - almost a year after LLU among member states became mandatory. The report didn't say which countries would face action.

However, no lines have been unbundled in Ireland or Luxembourg and shared access (which allows different operators to supply data and voice services over the same copper wire) is only operational in Belgium, Denmark, Finland and Sweden. Trials are currently under way in France.

A spokeswoman for telecoms regulator, Oftel, was confident that the UK would escape legal action insisting that Britain complied with all the necessary EC regulations.

In September the head of Oftel, David Edmonds, said LLU had "not been a success" and that the practicalities surrounding opening up BT's network to competition has been a "painful and often miserable process".

Germany has more than 500,000 unbundled lines; Denmark 40,000. The UK? Around 150. ®

Related Story

Oftel's Edmonds says LLU 'not been a success'

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
Forget silly privacy worries - help biometrics firms make MILLIONS
Beancounter reckons dabs-scanning tech is the next big moneypit
Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook
Office Graph, social features for Office 365 going public
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.