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BT Split Over LLU Broadband?

Posted: 14th Oct, 2004 By: MarkJ
Speculative reports are coming in that there could be a split inside BT regarding the operator’s future broadband plans and local loop unbundling:

BT Retail boss, Pierre Danon, has been talking openly about the consumer-facing business investing in local loop unbundling (LLU) to compete with rivals. The move has yet to be discussed at board level and, if it went ahead, could potentially hammer revenues for BT Wholesale, which currently provides network services for BT Retail.

As a result, there has been much speculation that the move could lead to a split within the UK's dominant fixed line telco.

However, a spokesman for BT Retail dismissed the reports insisting there was "no tension, no split". The idea of BT Retail examining LLU was merely one of a number of options being looked at by the company, he said.


Unsurprisingly The Register doesn't mention its sources for the "split" rumours, although it'd be interesting to know how BT's next meeting goes.
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