News Burst: BT, Oftel argue over unbundling local loop

Confusion reigned Tuesday as BT and Oftel attempted to justify the timetable for unbundling the local loop.

Unbundling the loop -- which will allow other operators access to BT's network -- has been timetabled to happen in 2001. Critics argue it should happen sooner as it is only then that a fully competitive telecoms market can exist in the UK. Oftel has admitted that unbundling is key to ensure the best "choice, quality and value for money" for the consumer.

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