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DISCUSSION
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Interconnect Circuits – New Point Of
Connection Lead -Times
Important Note:

This document is circulated for the purposes of discussion. It relates to plans currently
under assessment and subject to design, development and contract. As such, the
contents are subject to change.



1        CONTENTS
1     CONTENTS ........................................................................................................................1

2     BACKGROUND..................................................................................................................2

3     CURRENT TERMS .............................................................................................................2

4     OPTIONS FOR DISCUSSION............................................................................................2

5     QUERIES AND RESPONSES ...........................................................................................3

6     DISCUSSION TIMINGS .....................................................................................................3

7     DISCUSSION SUMMARY ..................................................................................................3

8     APPENDIX 1 ......................................................................................................................4




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2        BACKGROUND
BT Wholesale is currently evaluating opportunities to offer reduced maximum lead times for the
provision of new Interconnect infrastructure products and is interested in hearing from
Communication Providers (CP) with their views regarding what lead-times would be appropriate,
sustainable and could be ‘reciprocated’ by industry.

This review follows receipt of a market requirement from industry for additional flexibility in
provisioning timescales when new Interconnect infrastructure is required.

It is important to recognise that the Standard Interconnect Agreement (SIA) clearly articulates a
‘reciprocal’ requirement on circuit & infrastructure delivery timescales. Annex A, Para 10.1.4
states that capacity ordered by BT at an Operator switch connection shall be delivered in the
same timescales as CP ordered capacity at a BT switch connection. Any revision to the
contracted lead-times would therefore need to be set at a level that could be delivered by both BT
and industry.



3        CURRENT TERMS
Under the terms of the SIA the maximum lead time for Interconnect circuits over a new Point of
Connection (PoC) is currently 6 months. BT does however endeavour to meet individual
customer requirements wherever possible.



4        OPTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
Two options are currently under discussion within BT with investigations under way to determine
systems and process impact and to assess BTs capability to deliver.



Option 1: Reduce the current 6 month maximum lead time to 4 months.

This option provides a significant reduction to the existing delivery timescales but does not
provide a differentiated approach dependent on the type of infrastructure required. Due to the
significant reductions proposed here for all delivery types it would be necessary to introduce a
‘Stop the clock’ process similar to BTs Partial Private Circuit (PPC) products to cater for
provisioning delays beyond BTs control (wayleaves, highway restrictions etc).



Option 2: Introduce 3 maximum lead time ‘bands’ dependent on the type of infrastructure
required.

        Band 1: Civils, Fibre & Transmission kit required

        Band 2: Fibre & Transmission kit required (no civils)

        Band 3: Transmission kit required (no civils or fibre)

A ‘Stop the clock’ process would also be necessary for Option 2.


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5        QUERIES AND RESPONSES
Questions and formal responses from Communications Providers on this discussion should be
sent to patrick.littleboy@bt.com



6        DISCUSSION TIMINGS
Discussion document issued                                    14th March 2008

Deadline for responses from Communication Providers           28th March 2008

Maximum Lead Time proposals to be fed back at                 24th April 2008
Standard Contract Forum



7        DISCUSSION SUMMARY
BT Wholesale would like to receive CP views on the two proposed approaches. Please use
Appendix 1 to supply answers and to provide reasons for each answer.

Question 1: Do you consider that the introduction of "differing maximum lead-time bands
dependent on the type of infrastructure being provided" is necessary?

Question 2: Do you agree with the "3 maximum lead-time bands dependent on the type of
infrastructure" that BT are considering?

Question 3: For each band, can you please provide indicative maximum lead times for
Interconnect New PoC products that you feel are both appropriate and realistic?

Question 4: Given the ‘reciprocal’ nature of provisioning timescales within the SIA for BT
ordered capacity, are you confident that your organisation can reciprocate on these timescales?




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8        APPENDIX 1
Response to Interconnect Circuits – New Point of Connection Maximum
Lead Times discussion
CP Name ………………………………….

No                       Question                   Response   Comments

1     Do you consider that the introduction of
      "differing maximum lead-time bands
                                                       Y/N
      dependent on the type of infrastructure
      being provided" is necessary?

2     Do you agree with the "3 maximum lead-
      time bands dependent on the type of              Y/N
      infrastructure" that BT are considering?

3     For each band, can you please provide
      indicative maximum lead times for
                                                       N/A
      Interconnect New PoC products that you
      feel are both appropriate and realistic?

4     Given the ‘reciprocal’ nature of
      provisioning timescales within the SIA for
      BT ordered capacity, are you confident           Y/N
      that your organisation can reciprocate on
      these timescales?




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