By installing their equipment inside or near OTE’s Local Exchanges, Telcos gain access to their subscribers’ copper lines. Thereby, Telcos get the opportunity to offer diversified services and support in the realization of their business plan.
LLU service has served as means of development for both fixed and broadband access. By placing their equipmnent in OTE Local Exchanges, Telcos utilized LLU as a key component to develop their customer base, in direct collaboration with OTE Wholesale.
LLU service showed expeditious growth during 2006 – 2015, which reflects the wholesale market development in Greece.
Given the fact that Telcos still reach their end customers via local loops, LLU service is continuously evolving to include new process flows, in order to further meet the needs of wholesale market.
In that context, Telcos enjoy more simple and agile procedures regarding service delivery and optimum fault management, being sure that copper technical capabilities are fully exploited as a means of providing telephony and broadband services.
Always in line with the regulatory authority, some of the specialized services recently developed:
- Low synchronization fault management
- Automated flow for Telcos’ queries and respective feedback
- New technical methods on fault detection (TDR measurements)
- New functionalities supporting better cooperation between different technician groups
At the same time, obsolete wholesale services that are no longer relevant to market needs are being terminated (eg shared loop, combined loop & portability requests, etc). What is more, maintenance tasks are taking place, so that LLU service remains a pillar of broadband growth across the board.
Through LLU service a wide range of benefits is provided:
- Access to more than 4 million access lines
- Nationwide coverage in more than 2000 Local Exchanges, all around Greece
- Maintenance & fault repair by OTE’s high skilled personnel
- High level of availability & service management
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Regulated products are not affected by the market rules but are subject to specific regulatory framework (Reference Offer), which is introduced by the competent public authority.
Colocation, LLU & SubLLU products are described at the Unbundling Reference Offer (RUO), published by the Hellenic Telecommunications & Posts Committee (Greek NRA).
RUO describes thoroughly all the order and fault management procedures of the main products and their supplementary services.
The difference between the two services lies at the point where the Telcos install their equipment.
Colocation oriented for LLU service, requires that the provider installs its equipment inside specially formed space situated within OTE Local Exchanges (Physical Colocation Service) or outside of the Local Exchanges (Remote Colocation).
Colocation oriented for SubLLU service on the other hand, requires that the provider installs its equipment inside own cabinet, at close distance to OTE’s KV.
The difference between the two services lies at the demarcation point.
LLU service ends at the OTE’s Local Exchange, while the SubLLU service at the OTE’s KV.
Due to this difference, SubLLU service is fit to provide better service quality, although the provision conditions differ widely between the two access services.
Telco that foresees to be introduced into the LLU & SubLLU market, need to carry out a series of prerequisite actions, relevant to all OTE wholesale services’, (e.g. Service Agreement signing, access to WCRM OTE information systems and others) more information here.
Moreover, colocation services should be active at the regions of Telcos’ interest, according to the regulatory framework conditions and backhaul network for LLU & SubLLU data transfer, should be in service.
OTE WHOLESALE receives Colocation, LLU & SubLLU orders exclusively via WCRM LLU.
Service Level Agreements are defined in the RUO Reference Offer for the majority of order types and are handled based on the date of introduction in WCRM LLU.
Any questions related to LLU & SubLLU services, are submitted via specially configured tool in WCRM LLU, while for Colocation matters the mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org is available.
OTE makes the most effort to maintain and optimize the copper network, over which LLU & subLLU services are provided.
However, given the nature of the network, faults happen and are announced to OTE per subscriber’s line, exclusively via the WCRM LLU on a 24-hour basis, 365 days a year. A Web Services API interface is also provided for communication with OTE’s WCRM LLU.
The sorts of faults, restoring procedures and relevant SLAs, are thoroughly described in RUO Reference Offer.
Any questions regarding fault announcements can be submitted via specially configured tool in WCRM LLU.
As far as Colocation is concerned and due to particularity of the service, fault announcement and follow up is conducted by Telcos' Help Desk on a 24-hour basis, 365 days a year.
Fault announcement is made by completing the Damage Report and sending it to Telcos' Help Desk (THD).
Every Telco receives invoices on a monthly basis for Colocation, LLU & SubLLU services.
In the invoices, all billing information is listed thoroughly, arranged by service line and type of order.
The RUO Reference Offer describes in depth all issues of invoice payments, related time restrictions and procedures, concerning wholesale services’ transactions.