According to Irish online news portal SiliconRepublic, the country’s telecoms regulator ComReg says it is making headway in its efforts to unbundle the local loop, although alternative operators remain sceptical. ComReg says that during July the sector ‘continued to make progress across a range of activities associated with the development of LLU.’ Its statement refers to number portability and LLU, which has been given the awkward acronym GLUMP, and which was launched in a trial phase on 8 August. Critics of the process point out that number portability is being carried out by a manual process, with one operator saying the procedure was akin to ‘sending spreadsheets between us and eircom’. Ireland’s telecoms lobby IrelandOffline has welcomed the developments, but argues that the manual system means that only a few hundred or so orders can be processed each week. This contrasts with the UK where under an automated system, more than 30,000 LLU customers per week are able to change their broadband provider.
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