360,000 UK loops unbundled, but backhaul remains a concern, says OTA

12 Apr 2006

According to the UK Office of the Telecommunications Adjudicator (OTA) the number of number of unbundled local loop (ULL) lines in the UK exceeded 360,000 at the end of March 2006, up from less than 40,000 a year earlier. Despite the tangible progress the OTA has warned of concerns over the implementation of ULL by incumbent BT’s new Openreach unit, including the delivery of backhaul for PoPs in exchanges, which it claims ‘is still unacceptable’. The OTA says its expects unbundling to increase significantly in the next two months as companies including Carphone Warehouse and ntl invest in ULL as a way of increasing their margins on broadband services.

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach)