The latest figures from the Telecommunications Adjudicator show some of the problems facing BT Wholesale, i.e. that as LLU becomes more widespread providers are bulk migrating customers off of an IPstream connection onto a LLU one. The BT group of course will still receive some revenue from the line due to the Openreach line rental fees.
The number of unbundled lines (shared or fully unbundled) stood at 5.29 million at the end of October 2008. There are 5.18 million lines using Wholesale Line Rental (WLR), which is a rise of 100,000, but Carrier Pre-Selection (CPS) has dropped by 300,000 to 4.29 million lines.
Otherwise it is generally business as usual. Flexi-cease has been fully adopted by Openreach with the unpleasant side effect of an increased charge for ceasing a line. The prices are shown in brief below, for the full detail visit www.openreach.co.uk.
The previous cease charge was £4.90 which many providers simply absorbed. What the cease charges should do is encourage providers to ensure they use the appropriate migration routes- alas there are still providers stalling on the supply of migration authorisation codes. Some of this stalling may be down to stealth product changes where a provider is moving a customer from one product e.g. IPstream to Datastream or one of the two forms of LLU connection.