The relationship between an incumbent telecommunications operator and those companies that access its network is often fraught. This is particularly true in respect of local loop unbundling (LLU), a key product in the broadband telecommunications market. OFCOM, the UK's telecommunications regulator, recently conducted a major review of the industry that resulted in a new approach to tackling this relationship. This paper focuses on this new approach, which combined a new regulatory concept - equality of access - with the establishment of a mini-regulator focusing on local loop unbundling processes, and goes on to assess the extent to which the relationship has been improved.
- local loop unbundling
Whalley, J. L., & Curwen, P. J. (2008). Equality of access and local loop unbundling in the UK broadband telecommunications market. Telematics and Informatics, 25(4), 280-291. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tele.2007.07.001