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Ofcom has unveiled the new prices that Openreach can charge communication providers for access to its Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) service.

LLU allows providers access to BT's telephone exchanges in order to install their own communication equipment.

The announcement, made today (May 22nd), confirmed that the prices will cover charges for wholesale unbundled line services over its copper network to both residential and commercial premises.

Openreach, a separate division of BT Group, will now be able to charge £86.40 for a fully unbundled line, up from £81.69, while the cost for a shared unbundled line will remain fixed at £15.60.

These prices will take effect from today and will remain in place until April 2010, Ofcom said.

Ed Richards, Ofcom Chief Executive, said: "The new prices will enable Openreach to earn a fair return whilst allowing continued strong consumer take-up of broadband at competitive prices."

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