Regulator to get tough with BT over LLU

29 Apr 2004

Stephen Carter, chief executive of UK regulator Ofcom, yesterday criticised BT’s handling of local loop unbundling (LLU) during a presentation of the initial findings of a year-long review of the telecoms sector. Mr Carter indicated that he was keen to force the incumbent to cut its charges to rivals for access to its exchanges. The report found that the UK has the second-highest LLU connection and line rental charges in Europe, with connection charges almost double the regional average. The high costs have meant that only 8,000 lines have been unbundled in the UK so far, compared with more than three million in Germany.

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach)