BT too slow with LLU

9 Feb 2005

The UK telecoms and media watchdog Ofcom has criticised the former monopoly operator BT for falling behind schedule with its local loop unbundling (LLU) programme. The Office of the Telecoms Adjudicator (OTA), the part of Ofcom charged with monitoring LLU, says that there are now 31,000 end-user lines opened up, well short of the February 2005 target of 50,000. The OTA also says that only around 55% of connections are up and running on time and with no faults, compared with a target of 75%. The regulator does, however, admit that BT is working ‘intensely’ to address the issues and reported that BT forecasts that there will be 2.5 million unbundled lines in service by the end of 2006.

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach)