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BT Openreach, the group that manages and maintains access to BT's national network, has confirmed several price changes to its line rental and local loop unbundling (LLU) charges.

The alterations, which will be introduced from April 1st 2016, are mostly reductions, in line with the fact that the price Openreach charges has been gradually falling for a number of years.

However, there seems to be little correlation between BT Openreach charges and the price people pay, so how the reductions impact on consumers remains to be seen.

The yearly cost of BT's WLR Basic Line Rental service will be reduced from £89.50 to £86.72, although the cost of a fully unbundled (MPF) line will remain more or less unchanged at £87.65.

The changes will mainly affect internet and phone providers that buy services directly from Openreach and aim to primarily reflect the controls and regulations to charges outlined in Ofcom's Fixed Access Market Review.

The prices include VAT but not extra costs or services that providers may require.

The price changes come despite Openreach receiving criticism from Sky last September, which saw the group accused of not investing enough money on maintaining the network.

Several high-profile providers have also called upon industry regulator Ofcom to think about separating Openreach and BT.



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