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Telecommunications Adjudicator releases October figures
Friday 07 November 2008 16:20:32 by Andrew Ferguson

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.

  • MPF (fully unbundled) Remove Jumper Order (Singleton): £12.77
  • MPF Remove Jumper Order (Bulk): £8.92
  • SMPF (shared LLU, includes IPstream) Remove Jumper Order (Singleton): £22.90
  • SMPF Remove Jumper Order (Bulk): £19.06
  • Fault Investigation Charge: £62.17

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.

Comments

Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
Awwww poor BT bitter again at the LLU juggernaut, or maybe they need the cash to fix their dumb ADSL2+ ordering systems that cant process things like an "&".
Posted by Dawn_Falcon over 8 years ago
Well yes, LLU soaks up space and cash they could otherwise use by mandate of the government, a situation which needs to be ended asap.
Posted by chrysalis over 8 years ago
has the 'Fault Investigation Charge' always been there and is it waived if a fault is found?
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
quote"Well yes, LLU soaks up space and cash they could otherwise use by mandate of the government, a situation which needs to be ended asap."

We need more LLU and similar services if you ask me, for some people in the middle of nowhere it may be their only chance for higher than 512k speeds.

quote"has the 'Fault Investigation Charge' always been there and is it waived if a fault is found?"

Probably always been there and knowing BT they probably dont waive the charge if something their side is faulty.
Posted by kamelion over 8 years ago
I feel really sorry for BT (not). Maybe if they charged more realistic wholesale prices then ISP's wouldn't need to migrate users to make a decent profit.
Posted by YaZiN over 8 years ago
Whenever I need a good laugh I always stop by to read CARPETBURN's drivel.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
^^^ And the rest of your productive life is spent holding and then releasing the shift key to create a username, now thats real comedy.
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