TELECOMMUNICATIONS REGULATORY PACKAGE
Letter from the Chairman to Douglas Alexander
MP Minister for e-Commerce and Competitiveness, Department of
Trade and Industry
Thank you for your Explanatory Memorandum dated
April 2002 which Sub-Committee B considered at its meeting on
You will recall that the Sub-Committee has already
looked at this in their meeting on 28 January and I wrote to you
on 29 January to express our concern.
I should be grateful to learn the Government's
position on the slowness with which local loop unbundling (LLU)
has been implemented in the United Kingdom, and perhaps more importantly,
the widespread impression that the Regulator had acted slowly
and brought insufficient pressure to bear on the dominant operator.
The Scrutiny reserve on this document is maintained.
Letter from Stephen Timms MP, Minister
for e-Commerce and Competitiveness to the Chairman
You wrote to my predecessor, Douglas Alexander,
on 15 May 2002 commenting on a specific aspect of the European
Commission's Seventh Implementation Report. You ask for the Government's
position on the implementation of Local Loop Unbundling (LLU)
in the UK.
You refer to a perception that regulatory action
on LLU has been insufficient, but Oftel has worked hard to make
LLU a reality. Since March 2000 a new licence condition has been
introduced and 15 consultative documents, 15 directions and 10
statements have been published. Operators are now taking advantage
of LLU. There are 136 local exchanges from which LLU operators
can provide services, work is underway at a further 27 sites and
over 1,100 lines have been unbundled. In addition, Oftel is playing
an active role in setting the regulatory framework for a competitive
broadband market which is conducive to further investment and
roll-out to more remote areas of the country. Oftel recently directed
BT to allow telecoms operators to interconnect with their network
so as to provide their own DSL services, either on a wholesale
basis or directly to end users.
The Government is therefore satisfied that Oftel
has taken appropriate actions to enable local access to BR's network
by independent operators and that it continues to keep the matter
21 October 2002
Letter from the Chairman to Mr Stephen
Timms MP, Minister for E-Commerce and Competitiveness, Department
of Trade and Industry on the Implementation of the Telecommunications
Thank you for your letter dated 21 October which
Sub-Committee B considered at its meeting on 28 October.
We note that the Government believes that Oftel
has taken appropriate action to enable local access to BT's network
by independent operators. We note, too, the information conveyed
in your letter that LLU is now beginning to be applied more widely.
Under the circumstances, we lift the Scrutiny reserve on this
30 October 2002