Oftel fight back!
Wednesday 27 September 2000 01:00:00 by
, today, in the Financial Times
(OK, so I read the pink paper!) stated Oftels notification to
the European Commission of a request to change European Legislation so to effectively delay the unbundling of the Local Loop.
' The proposed regulation states: "Operators shall by 31 December 2000 at the latest make available to third parties unbundled access to the local loop under transparent, fair and
But Oftel officials have asked the Commission to alter this key paragraph so that it states: "Operators shall offer to provide within a reasonable timescale unbundled access to third parties on
reasonable request." '
Oftel appear to be trying to make as many enemies as possible, and this could be a vital blow to the Office in the possibility of it being replaced by a broader "Ofcom."
The ammendment as stated above could prove as a blow to other Telecoms operators in the UK who are pushing to get the date brought FORWARD, as opposed to pushed BACKWARD, to enable true competition
in the market.