UK-based TalkTalk Group (TTG) has announced the creation of two new wholesale divisions to support both its B2B and consumer wholesale segments. In a press release the company said that this development reflected ‘the material growth in both areas, the integration of newly acquired Virtual 1, and the focus on accelerating take up in high bandwidth [fibre-to-the-premises] FTTP and Ethernet services across the group’s Wholesale Platform’.
TTG’s newly formed TalkTalk Business Wholesale Services division will reportedly offer premium and high bandwidth services to resellers, aggregators and system integrators, and will trade under two names, TalkTalk Wholesale Services and Virtual1. Meanwhile, the group’s Consumer Wholesale Services division is reported to have more than one million residential subscriptions on its books, including those belonging to SSE Phone and Telecom – which TalkTalk struck a deal to acquire from OVO Energy last month – as well as Telecom Plus and Shell Energy.
Finally, TalkTalk confirmed its intention to launch a competitive tender for B2B Ethernet services, noting that a combination of the Virtual1 and TalkTalk network footprint now extends to over 3,000 on net exchanges, placing 1,500 high bandwidth Ethernet orders per month across on net, off net and altnet solutions. TTG claims to have over 25% market share of the UK’s B2B high speed Ethernet market and, in the first three months of this year, said it took 31% share of all new Openreach connections. According to the company, the tender presents a ‘major opportunity for both large scale and smaller providers, covering 14 areas across the UK’, while it also ‘reflects the newly competitive environment in wholesale infrastructure supply’.