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BT to unbundle

It has been documented in The Independent Newspaper that the European Commission have released a draft directive to force BT into LLU (local loop unbundling) 6months ahead of schedule, on the 31st of Decemeber 2000. If BT do not comply, they would be in breach of European Law.

This is great news for those companies who would like to get into the BT exchanges with their own equipment to supply services such as DSL at a cheaper cost than BT. However, there is speculation that an earlier date could cause technical problems. BT claim that it is impossible to unbundle before the date specified by Oftel as 31st of July 2001.

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