OTA Reports No Commitment Yet from Openreach on WLR3

Peter Black of the Office of the Telecoms Adjudicator has reported that there are now 3.748 million unbundled LLU lines in the UK and the indications are that demand remains strong as CP’s continue to implement their network strategies. The OTA adds that there are currently 4.53 million WLR lines and 5.89 million telephone numbers using CPS

“Despite the extremely busy period in the run up to Christmas, it is pleasing to report a number of areas of significant improvements in cross-industry collaboration. The LLU Products and Commercial group, which is a key working group that is attended by representatives from CP’s and Openreach, have defined and implemented new processes to improve the way that features and functionality are scoped and introduced to the network. The key objective being to ensure that Product Development roadmaps are driven by Business need, first and foremost, rather than development resource &/or budget constraints.

Last month we reported that we had been disappointed by the news from Openreach that the delivery of agreed features to the WLR3 product had slipped significantly. Whilst we have been encouraged by the effort that has gone into redefining a realistic timetable, we have not yet received any commitment from Openreach on their new development roadmap and therefore have no commitment on revised dates for the baseline. Further discussions are scheduled during January and we will provide more information in our next update.”

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