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UUNET Gives Oftel Thumbs-up, But Asks for More

MCI WorldCom's UUNET has given the "thumbs-up" to Oftel's ruling that BT must unbundle its local loop, but says more pressure is needed.

UUNET's managing director Richard Heyes told the industry that it should not simply celebrate the ruling, but insist that BT and Oftel make better progress and address all the issues of co-location of equipment at local telephone exchanges.

Oftel's ruling this week set out the timetable for BT to unbundle its local loop. The move will pave the way for other firms to deliver high-speed Internet services via DSL technology straight into homes and businesses.

In a statement, UUNET said it was disappointed that Oftel's ruling postponed full raw copper unbundling and DSL co-location until mid 2001. In any case, UUNET wants to see full co-location at exchanges, not limited to DSL equipment. The resulting competition will lead to lower prices, says UUNET.

"If the UK population is to reap the benefits of e-commerce and participate in the emerging global e-conomy then the true competition and thereby significantly reduced pricing of services that co-location enables, has to happen," said Richard Heyes.

He called on the industry to keep monitoring the situation but said he applauded the progress that has been made to date.

MCI WorldCom's UUNET is a global leader in Internet communications.