TalkTalk ramps up LLU coverage

With its demerger from Carphone Warehouse complete, U.K.-based competitive service broadband provider TalkTalk will expand its local loop unbundled (LLU) network reach from 80 to 90 percent of the population by the end of the year.

TalkTalk has unbundled about 1,700 telephone exchanges around the U.K. with plans to unbundle another 300 exchanges, bringing it to 2,000 in total. In addition, the competitive provider will also upgrade network capacity to deal with rising Internet use.

Another key contributor to TalkTalk's network growth was its acquisition of Tiscali UK, which it completed in January. That acquisition enabled TalkTalk to beat out Virgin Media as the U.K.'s second biggest broadband service provider in terms of subscribers. As of the end of Q4 09, TalkTalk had 4.155 million subscribers.

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