BT has now made nine million broadband lines available for use by rival internet providers on its legacy network, helping boost competition and choice for users, Ofcom has reported.
Unbundled lines refer to copper connections that any service provider can use from BT’s legacy network to offer services to customers.
The figure represents a huge growth in the network as in 2005 there were just 123,000 unbundled lines but at that time BT was forced to set up its Openreach division to start making its network accessible to other providers. The interest in this has been strong and to date there are 80 other firms offering services over the network, including BT’s own Retail division.
BT itself said it was pleased by the numbers and cited them of proof that competition is alive and well in the broadband market.
“We warmly welcome Ofcom’s report as it shows that competition is alive and well in the broadband market, despite what some people claim,” a spokesperson told V3.
“Broadband prices have plummeted over the last eight years and the burgeoning success of fibre means consumers will continue to benefit from faster speeds and superb value.”
BT also recently confirmed it had passed 15 million premises with its fibre broadband connections since the start of the year as broadband rollouts in the UK market continue apace with a host of innovative solutions being used in some of the remotest areas of the nation.
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