Carphone Warehouse has 1.6 million unbundled customers
The third quarter financial figures are now available for the Carphone Warehouse group. The group had a net addition of 118,000 customers to its AOL Broadband and Talk Talk divisions in the quarter, which is roughly one sixth of new broadband connections in the UK in that quarter. Some 221,000 customers were connected onto or moved onto a fully unbundled (Talk Talk) or shared LLU connection (AOL Broadband) in the quarter.
Talk Talk appears to have one of the most extensive networks of unbundled exchanges at 1533 exchanges. AOL Broadband is a little way behind with 924 exchanges offering a shared service. The difference between a fully and shared (partially) unbundled service is that with a shared service your telephone line is still with BT, where as with fully unbundled the new provider looks after both broadband and telephone line/calls.
Carphone Warehouse has a total of 2,604,000 broadband customers (1,598,000 of which are LLU), which is an increase of 21% in the 12 months since 29th December 2006.