Key Benefits

What is LLU?

In early 2001, Ofcom passed legislation forcing BT to open up its last mile copper infrastructure to competitors. Recognising that BT’s status as the incumbent telecoms operator in the UK was stifling innovation and competition, they forced BT to open up its network. This is referred to as LLU (Local Loop Unbundling) and allows third party direct access to local telephone exchanges in order to install their own equipment and deliver fibre and copper (xDSL) services directly to their customers in the local area (the last mile).

This allows TNP to deliver cutting edge internet and networking services, normally far in advance of BT.

What TNP can offer

TNP’s staff have over 10 years’ experience in LLU (roughly as long as it has existed). Our engineers have planned and built one of the largest public sector LLU deployments in the country comprising 150 telephone exchanges and 1200 sites.

We have deployed cutting edge EFM (Ethernet in the First Mile) equipment and both dark and managed fibre.

Plan and build service

Utilising our experience we can work with you to plan and build any size of LLU deployment. This can be used to connect anything from just a small number of sites up to several thousand. For each solution we will:

  • Establish your exact requirements
  • Plan the infrastructure to meet not just your current needs but your future ones too
  • Select the correct mix of technologies
  • Design a secure and resilient infrastructure
  • Project manage the full deployment
  • Ensure we comply with BT’s strict rules on LLU deployments
  • Either hand the service to your operations team or provide a fully-managed service
  • Utilise low-cost, high-bandwidth services such as EFM


NGA (Next Generation Access) refers to BT’s new service offerings of FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) and FTTP (Fibre to the Premises). Where available, TNP can work with you to deploy these technologies in order to provide high-speed, low-cost connectivity.

Key Benefits