UK-based broadband provider TalkTalk has confirmed that it has plans to increase the capacity of its local loop unbundled (LLU) network over the coming year, ISPreview reports. It is understood that TalkTalk, which last month completed a demerger from Carphone Warehouse, expects to increase its LLU coverage to 90% of the population by the end of 2010, up from the approximate 80% of the country presently within its footprint. A statement confirming the operator’s intentions noted: ‘We’ve currently unbundled just over 1,700 phone exchanges around the UK, meaning that our customers near these exchanges are on our own fibre network rather than on BT’s legacy infrastructure … We’re planning to unbundle a further 300 exchanges, taking us to over 2,000 in total, and pushing us to coverage of nearly 90% of the population. We’re also upgrading the capacity of our network in anticipation of ever-higher internet usage.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, having agreed to pay GBP236 million (USD355 million) for the UK operations of Italian operator Tiscali, TalkTalk announced in January 2010 that it had completed the transfer of all the former’s high speed internet customers. As a result of the acquisition at the end of the final quarter of 2009 TalkTalk leapfrogged cableco Virgin Media to become the country’s second largest broadband operator by subscribers, with 4.155 million customers at that date, representing a market share of 23.02%.