Low level of bids for DSL access spurs Oftel into action



Guy Campos

Telecoms regulator Oftel has summoned telecom companies for a meeting tomorrow to discuss low levels of competition in the...



Guy Campos

Telecoms regulator Oftel has summoned telecom companies for a meeting tomorrow to discuss low levels of competition in the provision of broadband Internet access.

The regulator is unhappy that competitors to BT have only put in firm bids to install ADSL (Asynchronous Digital Subscriber Line) equipment in 14 of the first 25 local exchanges that are to be opened up to them.

The local exchanges have been opened up to competition, a process called 'unbundling the local loop', in order to comply with EU legislation.

However, telecoms operators claim that BT is charging too much for the right to install equipment in the exchanges and that Oftel is being too lenient with the former monopoly company.

An Oftel spokeswoman said, "We want to find out directly whether any difficulties have been encountered and then act if necessary to make things easier."

BT is due to open up 360 exchanges in the first round of unbundling, including some attractive city-centre locations.

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