At the end of April, the number of unbundled lines stands at 6.70 million. There are 6.01 million WLR lines and the number of telephone numbers using CPS is 3.48 million.
During April our progress against the objectives we set ourselves has continued (see updates below) although there were no significant new additions to our workstack in the month.
When OTA2 was first created at the beginning of the rollout of Local Loop Unbundling (LLU), the work that we reported on in this monthly update could be characterised as lots of relatively small but very important improvements to processes that eventually contributed to the enormous success that LLU has become today.
Whilst we still work with stakeholders on making sure that LLU continues to evolve to the benefit of consumers and the industry, much of the work that we take on today is much more complex in terms of fewer small step improvements and more large scale studies into things like Migration Process improvements, Ethernet, Number Porting and so on.
As a result I feel, as I write this update each month, that there is insufficient tangible change in the status of the main subject areas to keep its target audience fully informed on a monthly basis. However, I am also very aware that there are many people who value the monthly update for the Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) that we publish within our report.
Therefore I propose to change the frequency of these reports as follows:
If items come up, or sufficient progress is made against a particular milestone, we will publish a full update at the end of the relevant month rather than wait until the quarter end comes around. In this way we hope to keep this report relevant and our audience properly informed.
If you have any concerns or questions about this new approach I would be happy to hear from you on email@example.com
Overall Openreach Industry Commitment Delivery progress –
Whilst the overall delivery of Openreach Industry Commitments (OICs) remains largely on track there are a growing number which are going into delay for reasons which are being investigated by OTA2 and Openreach as a matter of urgency. Specific updates for:-
Migrations Processes Review
Openreach have presented the full 'sunset' plan for withdrawal of the WLR2 platform.
A number of key points are highlighted:
For the avoidance of doubt the 2 Key milestones are:
Openreach are raising their concerns directly with CP stakeholders at the most senior levels. The transition 'glide path' needed to successfully complete the 'WLR2 Sunset' milestone is already behind schedule suggesting extraordinary effort is now needed on the part of Openreach and remaining WLR2 CPs to get the programme back on track.
Minimum Security Standard
The NICC Minimum Security Standard (ND1643) has been published and can be downloaded via the following link: http://www.niccstandards.org.uk/publications/llu_spec.cfm
NGNuk are also working to develop an inspection scheme in association with UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) to support the standard.
The Code of Practice (CoP), committing CPs to the full implementation of the Minimum Security Standard (ND1643) has now been signed by 12 major CPs/LLUOs. The task of OTA2 is now to work with those CPs that have signed the CoP, to monitor and report on progress towards implementation. The previously agreed task for the OTA2 of widening the scope of signatories to the CoP also remains a priority.
Displaced Mobile Emergency Calls
As previously reported the service is operational on four of the five networks. Unfortunately, the fifth network operator has once again delayed the implementation of the software facility to enable Emergency Roaming. We await further detail from them of their plans.
Connectivity Services – Strategic Product Development
The OTA2 has facilitated three sessions between industry and Openreach looking at the industry requirements for a multi CP aggregation product.
A further audio session of the group has been held to work through the high level output from the three workshops – The CPs have been actioned to provide comments and begin to look at the application of a product within their networks.
Connectivity Services Process Group (CSPG)
This forum provides an excellent opportunity for CPs to collaborate directly with Openreach process design experts in validating the solutions proposed for new functionality in upcoming products, before they progress to the development stage. Additionally, for new requirements, these groups will develop the initial 'User Journey Stories' which Openreach designers need before they can progress their solution designs.
OTA2 will continue to focus on: