The Minister of Communications has directed ICASA to complete the LLU process in 2011 but it is highly improbable that this deadline will be met. The local loop is the last-mile copper (and, increasingly, fibre) connection from street level distribution boxes to customer premises equipment in homes or businesses. The local loop is likely to be regarded as an essential facility as it is not capable of being duplicated within reason.
The unbundling of the local loop is critical to allowing the offering of alternatives voice and broadband offerings by new entrants.
– Source: Ellipsis Regulatory Solutions