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LLU continues to grow in popularity
Tuesday 03 April 2012 13:22:46 by Andrew Ferguson

Unbundled telephone lines continue to grow at the expense of the increasingly less popular carrier pre selection (CPS) services. Unbundled connections amount to some 8.24 million lines in the UK at the end of March 2012, up some 200,000 in two months. Wholesale Line Rental (WLR) is also growing in popularity but at a slower rate than unbundling, adding just 20,000 lines to serve some 6.3 million telephone lines. CPS is down at the 2.49 million mark.

The Telecommunications Adjudicator has been publishing this data for some years, and four years ago unbundling was the least popular of the three options, 4.64 million unbundled versus 5.81 million lines using CPS.

Comments

Posted by herdwick over 2 years ago
probably approaching its peak, ready for the decline as FTTx starts to take hold.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 2 years ago
FTTX does not stop a line being unbundled.

Voice with TalkTalk and Sky will remain unbundled, and the fact Sky only started with full LLU recently suggests they see a few years life in it.
Posted by Dixinormous over 2 years ago
TT and Sky are both waiting for an FTTC product that provides both data and voice terminating at the MSAN. Once they get that they'll be in a position to start retiring their own exchange based MSANs and save some cash.

That's the next step, just waiting on the right Openreach product as are Cable and Wireless and other potential entrants. TT and Sky ran out of patience and decided to dive in.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 2 years ago
The MSAN's may retire, but still need something to take the GEA feed onto their backhaul fibres, and they may just want to provide CDN type functionality at the exchange too.

Fibre Voice Access has been announced for FTTP, and same should apply to FTTC.
Posted by herdwick over 2 years ago
FTTH via GPON as proposed by Openreach stops a line being unbundled.

FTTC for broadband only, or as Dixi says, means the MPF from the cab to the exchange is redundant.
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