BT boasts of broadband turnround

BT has announced that it will reach the milestone of unbundling 1.5m local loops for communications providers this week.

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BT has announced that it will reach the milestone of unbundling 1.5m local loops for communications providers this week.

Openreach - the BT business that manages connections to homes and businesses across the UK - announced today that it will reach 1.5 million unbundled local loops for communication providers this week.

The rate of local loop unbundling – enabling telecoms operators to install their own equipment at BT exchanges – has soared over the past year with a 640% increase in unbundled lines since January 2006.

Steve Robertson, chief executive of BT’s Openreach division, said: “I’m delighted to announce that the LLU market in the UK has officially taken off.” BT Openreach would spend around £1bn this year on further improvements to the access network, he said.

Robertson added that BT Openreach was “not only committed to building on this momentum, but also on delivering an excellent level of service to our communication provider customers”.

Concerns about quality were raised in August in the report of the watchdog overseeing the unbundling scheme. Telecommunications adjudicator Peter Black warned that the delivery of “Business as Usual” unbundled lines – which do not require a high level of extra intervention – continued to “deviate from planned quality levels”.

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