Business Calls And Line Rental

ETS Networks are a supplier of lines and calls to businesses throughout Essex and the Southeast.
We manage our own billing system and collect by either direct debit, BACS or cheque.

In these times of austerity, all local businesses need to cut costs but without risking service interruption. At ETS Networks, we can match the rates of any recognised national supplier whilst retaining a personalised approach. We do not use call centres. All calls are handled by our own staff between the hours of 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday.
Whether you are looking for a capped rate, an all-inclusive fixed package or a simple cost reduction excercise, call us on 01206 656001.

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What Does It All Mean?

Carrier Preselect is a term relating to the process where by a customer whose telephone line is maintained by one company, usually BT, can choose to have some of their calls automatically routed across a different telephone company’s network ( e.g. ETS Networks) without needing to enter a special code or add special equipment.

Wholesale Line Rental is a service in which a telecommunication operator takes control of all the connections made through a telephone line from the native operator and collects the subscription fee from the customer.

  •  Local loop un-bundling (LLU or LLUB) is the regulatory process of allowing multiple telecommunications operators to use connections from the telephone exchange’s central office to the customer’s premises. The physical wire connection between customer and company is known as a “local loop,” and it is owned by the incumbent local exchange carrier (also referred to as the “ILEC,” “local exchange,” or an Independent telephone company)

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Many LLU operators typically unbundle broadband services, while leaving the traditional telephone service to run on BT’s core equipment, sometimes with or without Carrier Preselect. In cases where the traditional telephone service is fully unbundled (full LLU), these operators often restrict the ability to make calls through the networks of other telephone providers using short prefixes like ‘1.’ However, such calls can still be made using 0800 or other non-geographic access codes.

As of January 14, 2006, around 210,000 local loop connections had been unbundled from BT’s control through local loop unbundling. Ofcom had originally aimed for 1 million local loop connections to be unbundled by June 2006. However, as reported by The Register, by June 15, 2006, the number had only reached 500,000, but it was increasing by 20,000 connections per week. In November 2006, Ofcom announced that 1,000,000 connections had been unbundled, and by April 2007, this number had grown to 2,000,000.


Local Loop Unbundling (or LLU for short) started up in the UK back in the early 2000s. It was both a regulatory thing and a market-driven effort to get more competition going in telecoms and reduce the power of British Telecom (BT) since they were the big incumbent provider in the country and let me break down when this got going and why:

When LLU kicked off: 

LLU officially began in the UK in July 2001. This let other telecoms companies (often called LLU operators) access BT’s copper wires, especially the last mile local loop connections from the phone exchanges to people’s homes and businesses. The LLU operators could put their equipment in BT’s exchanges and offer their own broadband and voice services over these lines to customers.

Why LLU got started:

The main reasons behind starting LLU in the UK were:

a) Promoting competition – BT had a dominant position in UK telecoms, which limited competition and innovation. LLU aimed to encourage competition by letting other providers use the existing copper wires to offer their own services like broadband and voice.

b) Expanding consumer choice – LLU wanted to give consumers more options for telecom services. It let new providers enter the market and offer different pricing, packages and technologies to customers.

So in a nutshell, LLU was meant to open up the telecoms market to competition and give people more choices. The regulators hoped it would reduce BTs dominance in the UK.

c. Getting more investment and innovation: By opening up BT’s system to competitors, LLU was supposed to drive more investment and innovation in telecoms. This competition was meant to result in better services, lower prices and improved tech. Reducing prices and making it more affordable: Bringing in LLU was also supposed to lead to lower prices for broadband and phone services, so more consumers could afford it and  Following regulations: Launching LLU in the UK aligned with EU directives and the bigger push for deregulation and liberalization in telecoms across Europe.

In summary, Local Loop Unbundling in the UK started in 2001 to promote competition, give consumers more choice drive innovation, and make telecom services more affordable by letting other providers use BT’s local loop infrastructure. It was a major step in deregulating the telecom market in the United Kingdom.

Voice calling comes in all kinds of forms these days – from old-school phone lines to newer digital and IP options. There’s a ton of choices out there for business phone systems.

My company, ETS Networks, provides phone and internet services to businesses in Essex and we use all the latest tech in phones and IT to hook up our customers. We can combine everything into a single monthly bill to make things easier for them.

Unlike some other phone guys, ETS has a lot of experience specifically with phone lines and voice services. So we can offer a fully automated setup – ordering tracking, billing, tech support, the works.

We buy huge amounts of network access from the top UK providers. That lets us get really low rates to pass on to our customers. So they get big company quality and service level agreements just without the big company prices and hassle.

Our calling is fast and clear because we only offer top-notch services. We know how important communication is for businesses.

Give us a ring at 01206 656001 if you want to try out what we offer!