BT has been ridiculed for labelling telcos interested in local loop unbundling (LLU) as security threats.
Watchdog Oftel has published proposals that would allow other operators to install their kit in operational parts of BT's exchanges, thus cutting costs significantly. But BT is unhappy.
BT's bizarre stance is that Oftel's decision to give the other telco sharing its exchange unfettered access to it, could result in vandalism and loss of service for its customers, whether intentional or not.
However, BT uses outside contractors in its exchanges, and Oftel and BT's rivals have pointed out that this would make no different whatsoever.
In a statement, David Edmonds, head of Oftel, said: "Oftel accepts that security is vital and is seeking the views of the industry on proposals that, subject to security safeguards, approved contractors and other operators' staff can have unescorted access in exchanges."
Other telcos, such as Bulldog, dismissed BT's comments as a smokescreen.
Whether thanks to BT or not, the local loop unbundling process has become so protracted that all but a handful of telcos have given up and gone home.
Only last week, Energis became the latest firm to cut its losses.
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