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OTA2 update shows a decline in LLU numbers in May
Tuesday 07 June 2011 13:13:35 by John Hunt

The number of unbundled telephones lines, those connected to another operator at the telephone exchange through local loop unbundling (LLU), has fallen in the last month for the first time in several years according to data from the Office of the Telecommunications Adjudicator (OTA). A small drop of 60,000 lines was recorded with the numbers for the last few months as follows:

February 2011 7.59 million
March 2011 7.60 million
April 2011 7.62 million
May 2011 7.56 million

The figures show a levelling out which might indicate we have reached critical mass of LLU adoption for now, although the numbers do indicate that fully unbundled lines are still increasing. The graph below shows the long term trend.

OTA2 LLU installed base May 2011
LLU installed base May 2011. Source: OTA2

Further details in this months OTA2 update indicate that there has been an improvement to lead times for new lines being installed and repairs following delays which had become apparant and had pushed new line installs up to 6 weeks in some cases. BT indicated that this was down to the weather towards the end of last year causing a backlog, but the size of the problems suggests that generally there was a lack of engineering resource.


Posted by wirelesspacman over 5 years ago
Presumably we will start to see it come down quite considerably once FTTC takes hold.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
FTTC and also BT Wholesale who run the Orange broadband service now, moving people onto WBC from the old orangeLLU kit.
Posted by otester over 5 years ago
Will be a slow decline until FTTC can provide the sort of usage limits LLU does.


That must suck for Orange users.
Posted by 21again over 5 years ago
Hey! never mind LLU or FTTC it's time BT got more of their exchanges upgraded to 21CN, I can see many small rural exchanges will never be upgraded in the next 20 years and the LLU providers aren't interested in small exchanges for obvious monetary reasons.
Ofcom are a waste of space as far as assisting private individuals are concerned,they're as good as the FSA was at regulating the Banks!!!!!!
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
otester, FTTC is the technology, the technology doesn't have a usage limit, its how its sold (a product) that does.
Posted by Bob_s2 over 5 years ago
AS others have stated the fall is almost certainly down to FTTC as BT have at present pretty much made it non viable for the competition

It does hiighlight that we need a competor in the market at the infrustructure level to get some competition into the market
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
There is a competitor, it is VM with 50% Market penetration. However the regulator has given it a sort of protected status and it doesn't have to wholesale.
Posted by chrysalis over 5 years ago
VM wholesaling ofcom style wouldnt benefit anyone except small isp's, we would have a openreach mark II with all the silly callout fees and bad fault resolutions etc.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
I'm sure Sky, Talktalk etc wouldn't say no chrysalis, well maybe getting at their ducts, not sure anyone would want to use their network as such
Posted by wirelesspacman over 5 years ago
Openreach are between a rock and a hard place with "silly call out fees". If they did not charge them then the ISPs would really take the **** sending out engineers for all sorts of silly reasons. In many ways it is the ISPs' own fault for engaging in a fruitless downward spiral price war that leaves no money left for decent customer service.
Posted by otester over 5 years ago

BTW FTTC, should have been more clear, my bad.


Why upgrade when their is no (financial) reason to do so... they are a business after all.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
The coverage of TalkTalk LLU well exceeds the 21CN footprint, 80% of households and higher, so there is ADSL2+ options.

Sky Anytime+ may alter the economics for Sky, so that they continue to roll-out LLU.

Both are likely to adopt FTTC via GEA or VULA where its available.
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