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NTLs LLU Based Hi-Speed Expansion

Posted: 21st Sep, 2004 By: MarkJ
The UK's largest cable operator, NTL, has announced an investment of up to £65m in local loop unbundling (LLU). The operator aims to install its kit in roughly 300 of BT's exchanges, extending its broadband reach without needing to dig up more roads:

The move marks a return to financial confidence of the cable operator following its emergence from bankruptcy last year. But it is also a sign of the renewed interest in local loop unbundling following recent sharp cuts in the prices BT charges its rivals to access its local exchanges.

Simon Duffy, chief executive of NTL, said the price reductions meant it was now far more cost effective for NTL to expand its customer reach through local loop unbundling than by rolling out its own cable network.

NTL said it receives 170,000 inquiries every three months from potential customers outside the coverage area of its network. This latest investment in LLU will enable it to service more of these customers. The cable operator said its new roll out plan would take up to two years but that its first 50 exchanges were likely to go live in the first quarter of next year.

The news follows a spate of similar expansions by Easynet, HomeChoice and Bulldog (C&W owned). UK ISP Wanadoo has also expressed interest, although they've yet to say anything concrete. More @ Yahoo.
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