Feeds

LLU to take-off despite 'painful year'

Watchdog rubs crystal ball

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

The UK could be about to witness a "dramatic" explosion in local loop unbundling (LLU) despite a somewhat "painful" progress over the last year, according to the Office of the Telecoms Adjudicator (OTA).

So far there are some 70,000 unbundled lines in the UK with numbers growing by around 3,000 a week.

But the OTA reports that the latest forecasts from operators keen to provide broadband services show "accelerated interest in LLU investment and deployment".

"The forecast shows unbundled lines dramatically in excess of the OTA's original forecast of 1.5 million are predicted by end 2006," said the OTA.

News that LLU operators are gearing up for a big push comes as BT has agreed to demands from regulator Ofcom to give LLU a chance to take-off in the UK.

Despite the renewed optimism the OTA is still concerned at difficulties faced by the LLU operators.

This was highlighted yesterday by Ofcom which highlighted the time it has taken for LLU to become a workable alternative to BT's dominance.

In November 1999, Oftel [the former telecoms regulator] ruled that BT must offer LLU products that could be used by rivals to provide competitive services.

Commented Ofcom: "In June 2005, five and half years later, the Telecommunications Adjudicator is still working with BT to resolve problems with many important features of the LLU products. As a result of such problems, the LLU products continue to suffer from inferior functionality to those that BT supplies to itself."

Signing off its latest update on the progress of LLU the OTA added: "After a lively, challenging and sometimes painful year we now seem to be on the way to the Market Breakthrough for LLU that we have all been working towards, if somewhat later than we would all have liked." ®

Related stories

Easynet commits to more LLU investment
Ofcom shames BT New LLU ISP to offer 24meg broadband
Ofcom releases details of BT settlement
BT agrees to give LLU chance to thrive
BT still needs to be policed, says industry
BT bows to Ofcom pressure
BT escapes threat of immediate break-up

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
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
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Turnbull: NBN won't turn your town into Silicon Valley
'People have been brainwashed to believe that their world will be changed forever if they get FTTP'
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
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.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
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?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.