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UK unbundled lines reach 6 million

12 августа 2009

Ofcom announced on Tuesday that the number of unbundled lines giving service providers access to BT's copper network has reached 6 million.

The U.K. telecoms regulator said there are now 30 different companies offering unbundled services to homes and small businesses.

"This has delivered the dual benefits of driving up broadband take-up and driving down prices," said Ed Richards, CEO of Ofcom, in a statement.

Indeed, when BT's then newly formed wholesale division Openreach first opened up its copper network to rivals in September 2005 under a legally binding deal with Ofcom, just 37% of households and small businesses had broadband.

According to Ofcom's latest annual communications market report published last week, 68% of households had a broadband connection by the end of the first quarter of 2009.

"[In 2005] there were just 123,000 unbundled lines in the U.K. and the majority of people could only get their broadband and landline telephone service from one provider – BT," said Ofcom.

According to research by the watchdog, consumers paid on average £23.30 per month in 2005 for broadband services delivered over a copper line, compared to a cost of around £13.61 for the same service delivered today.

"In just four years unbundling has gone from a flicker on the dial to a major competitive force in telecoms," said Richards.

Ofcom in its latest communications market report found that the average monthly spend per household on Internet services, mobile voice and text, and fixed voice services combined stood at £65.01 in 2008, down from £70.09 per household per month in 2006.


Источник: Total Telecom

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