BT conscious of unbundling threat

By Derek Sooman on
Internet users in the UK are now able to get speeds of up to 24 meg, thanks to local loop unbundling (LLU). The existence of LLU is starting to have a marked impact on the UK's telecoms sector, and companies such as BT are having to work to compete. Some believe that without LLU, BT Wholesale would still be at 1 meg, with no real incentive to improve.

Instead, the UK's dominant fixed line telco looks set to increase broadband speeds across its network to 8 meg from next spring as it plays catch-up to an ever-increasing number of ISPs lining up to take advantage of LLU and the promise of faster speeds and more innovative services.

LLU - the process by which ISPs and telcos install their own kit in telephone exchanges to provide services direct to end users while by-passing BT - is on the verge of taking off in the UK. According to the latest figures there are around 125,000 unbundled lines in the UK with an extra 4,000 being added each week.

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