Short answer, it looks as if it does, but it isn't justifiable.
Long answer, Openreach WLR3 pricing
, which is for the copper phone service, doesn't appear to distinguish between Market Categories.
That suggests to me that the price differential seen on Plusnet's services is coming from BT Wholesale prices for broadband. I.e. that the Ofcom rules are to cause higher broadband costs for its ISPs rather line costs. The idea being, as we all know the categorisation is for, to allow LLU suppliers to compete by placing their kit in the exchange.
In relation to the exchange in question, Sky Connect will be paying the higher BTW price for the ADSL service. On FTTC they will not. Just the normal line rental plus the FTTC cost at the headend exchange direct from Openreach as well.
Plusnet will be paying the higher BTW FTTC rate because of the subscriber exchange's market rating. Madness. I wonder if Plusnet or BT Wholesale have it wrong, and that on FTTC the Market Category should be that of the headend exchange?
The indispensable man or woman passes from the scene, and what happens next is more or less the same thing as was happening before.
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Edited by RobertoS (Sat 07-Nov-15 15:04:05)