OTA update shows LLU numbers continue to rise
The June update from the Office of the Telecommunications Adjudicator was released on Friday showing the number of unbundled lines now at 4.760 million, a rise of 120,000 from last month. Wholesale line rental (WLR) had 4.87 million lines deployed whilst those using Carrier Pre Selection (CPS) dropped slightly to 5.74 million (a fall of 70,000).
Similar to last month, Openreach is falling further behind in its development process for its various software and systems to support its product lines with new functionality not being added as quickly as desired. Also, there is a slow take up in the new version meaning additional testing and development is required to maintain these old versions that are still in use.
Migration success targets have now been met for the second month in a row which is encouraging and will hopefully maintain this high level, although LLU repair and provisioning are still a little way off the target levels.
Recent concerns have been raised by communication providers with regards accommodation within exchanges for LLU, in particular with regards, space, power, cooling and the suitability of the products to fulfil providers requirements. Concerns were also raised over the equivalence between BT Wholesale and other providers. Ofcom will be undertaking an audit of a set of sites during July to evaluate if further work is needed in this area.