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A new report from TARIFICA suggests that digital subscriber line technology deployment in Europe has been slow and disjointed. It reveals a complex and confused situation with the incumbent PTO in many countries being accused of delay and obstruction.

Upgrading the local loop to allow transmission of data at multi-megabit speeds is a practicable and economic way of offering high-speed access to services such as the Internet and other multi-media services. But the local loop remains a key barrier to new entrant operators in gaining access to lines and exchange buildings. Existing data transmission rates to most users are too slow for the effective use of the latest applications. Co-location arrangements are a major source of discontent.

The Report surveys technical options, the economics and an investigation of the practical problems of implementing broadband services over DSL. It also contains details of policies, implementations and proposed new services on a country by country basis.

All EC countries are included, and progress detailed in each case towards the opening of the local cables to competition, and the problems and difficulties encountered. It identifies the services already available and those being planned. Charges for unbundled loops, where available, and wholesale charges for high-speed data links vary from one country to another

The Report focuses on the upgrading of the telephone local loop and the unbundling of the services provided on local telephone cables enabling competitive services to be offered to users. However, alternative means of delivering broadband services to residential users and small/medium business enterprises are also described.

The research also reveals different attitudes among regulators and national telephone operators. It has obtained the most up-to-date information about retail and wholesale services being offered and planned by the incumbent operators together with the services available to users from new entrant providers who have succeeded in taking up the wholesale offerings.

DSL in Europe is available from The Phillips Group at price pounds sterling £1,295 (hard-copy and £1,995 in pdf/html format).


Margrit Sessions on +44 207 423 4570 for more details.

The Phillips Group,

19 Thomas More Street,

London EC

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