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Local Loop Unbundling

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what further targets he plans to set for local loop unbundling. (75270)

The responsibility for local loop unbundling and further targets falls to the telecommunications regulator, Ofcom, and the Telecommunications Adjudicator.

The Telecommunications Adjudicator Scheme was initiated by Ofcom, the independent regulator of the communications sector, in July 2004 to ensure that the unbundling process takes place in a timely and effective way. Membership of this industry scheme is voluntary for BT Group PLC and the LLU operators. Any targets set by the independent Adjudicator are a matter for him on the basis of the best information then available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to ensure that the target for 1.5 million lines to be unbundled from the local loop network by April 2007 is met. (75271)

The target of 1.5 million lines to be unbundled was set by the telecommunications regulator, Ofcom, and the Telecommunications Adjudicator. The responsibility for ensuring that the target is met falls to Ofcom, the industry and the Telecommunications Adjudicator within that regulatory framework.

However, I fully expect the target to be reached.

Local loop unbundling offers greater scope for innovation and competition in broadband services and as such its roll-out is welcome.