Tuesday, November 7, 2006

UK Reaches One Million Unbundled Lines

There are now over one million unbundled lines in the UK. This represents a 420% increase in the number of unbundled lines since the creation of Openreach in January 2006.

On average, Openreach is currently fulfilling almost 30,000 LLU orders per week, with more than twenty operators providing unbundled services from more than 1,000 local exchanges across the UK.

"The UK has one of the most competitive broadband markets in the world. This progress has been underpinned by price reductions and the introduction of new product and systems capability to make it simpler for operators to migrate their end customers onto unbundled services," commented Steve Robertson, CEO, Openreach.


  • In June 2005, BT and OFCOM -- the national regulator -- agreed to create openreach, a separate operating company, that ensures that all service providers have transparent and equal access to the local BT network. openreach is responsible for operating and maintaining the "first mile" infrastructure that connects homes and business to BT exchanges across the UK.

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