Telkom in intriguing move to open the copper local loop

Telkom is introducing a new wholesale product for Internet service providers that will mean consumers can directly obtain a broadband service from their ISP and will no longer be required to buy a copper line from Telkom’s retail division.

In response to questions from TechCentral, Telkom said the move should not be interpreted as local-loop unbundling (LLU) – an intervention long sought by ISPs – but it appears, at the very least, to be a step in that direction. Telkom said it will provide more details in the coming days to its ISP partners.

LLU is a specific regulatory intervention, introduced in some developed markets, to break the monopoly choke-hold of former monopoly fixed-line telecoms incumbents. Typically, it involves opening the local loop of copper cables between customers’ premises and the local telephone exchange to other licensed operators, including ISPs.

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