Feeds

C&W sets sights on one million wholesale LLU lines

Blimey

Business security measures using SSL

Cable & Wireless (C&W) plans to supply one million unbundled broadband lines over the next couple of years as it changes tack to provide wholesale DSL.

There are currently some 500,000 unbundled lines in the UK but that figure could hit more than two million this year according to some industry estimates.

And while ISPs can invest in LLU themselves, buying a wholesale unbundled service could prove more cost effective.

Yesterday C&W announced it had decided to stop actively competing in the residential broadband market acknowledging the impact of "free" broadband offers from the likes of Carphone Warehouse and Orange.

While 150 sales and marketing jobs are set to go, the ISP will continue to serve its existing 120,000 or so punters and take-on board new customers signing up via its website.

While C&W insisted it would not be ditching any of its existing customers, it's clear the firm has decided it can recoup more of its sizeable investment in local loop unbundling (LLU) by becoming a wholesale provider to rival incumbent telco BT.

As such, C&W's plans to install its kit in BT exchanges remains unchanged. At the end of March it had unbundled 411 exchanges and is still planning on doubling that number by the end of September.

Earlier this week BT cut the cost of migrating end users onto unbundled networks in a move to give LLU yet another shot in the arm. Openreach - BT's standalone access services division set up earlier this year - said the new pricing would make it cheaper for local loop unbundling (LLU) operators to move their customers from BT wholesale broadband products to unbundled services. ®

Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet

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
ISPs' post-net-neutrality world is built on 'bribes' says Tim Berners-Lee
Father of the worldwide web is extremely peeved over pay-per-packet-type plans
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
Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp
Mountain View distances itself from lame 'network thingy'
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
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
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?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.