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Telkom looks ready to fight LLU

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Fri Jul 22 2011, 08:39am
Siversmith[PCD] Admin Registered Member #7 Joined: Fri Feb 03 2006, 04:29pm
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News item posted

Telkom shows its Local Loop Unbundling hand, and it does not bode well for people who expect Telkom to be soft on the issue

Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) is widely seen as a driver of competition by giving competitors access to the incumbent telecom operator’s last mile copper infrastructure, which would prove very expensive for competitors to replicate.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) opened the debate around LLU when it unveiled the long awaited Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) discussion document on 22 June 2011.

Previously Telkom has not commented on ICASA’s LLU discussion document, but the company broke their silence today (14 July 2011).

Speaking at the South African Communications Forum (SACF) Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) workshop, Telkom’s head of regulatory affairs, Andrew Barendse, said that LLU is very complicated and very costly.

“I will be very surprised if any of the drivers of LLU in the European Union will advise LLU for South Africa as it will be counter-productive because of the cost and complexities associated with the process,
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Fri Jul 22 2011, 11:46am
SpEks Registered Member #24 Joined: Sun Feb 12 2006, 05:13pm
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Interesting... Thanks for the news post, Siver!
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Fri Jul 22 2011, 02:35pm
Dade_182 Admin Registered Member #308 Joined: Tue May 15 2007, 11:36am
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Will give it a read over the weekend somewhere. Today is just a bit too hectic.
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