ISP Vodafone UK Withdraws Ex-Bulldog LLU Broadband Network

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Customers who still connect via Bulldog’s legacy unbundled (LLU) ADSL broadband platform (including via other ISPs) are being informed that Vodafone has announced the withdrawal of their service and plan to switch off related Multi-Service Access Nodes (MSAN) in November 2019.

The move won’t come as a huge surprise given Vodafone’s recent decision to scrap their aged Demon Internet ISP brand (here), which similarly forced some of those on copper ADSL broadband lines (i.e. customers living outside of FTTC areas, with only ADSL available) to find an alternative provider.

Admittedly only those with an extremely long memory will remember the ex-Bulldog LLU network, which was one of the first unbundled providers in the country. The last we heard their remaining customer base had been sold to Home Telecom in 2012 (here), which occurred in the same year that Vodafone acquired the underlying network (retained for wholesale) via their Cable & Wireless acquisition (some of that old kit has remained in use).

According to an industry source with knowledge of the latest situation, Vodafone has notified of a plan to fully withdraw their ex-Bulldog based broadband platform and switch off the related MSANs on the 15th of November 2019. As with the Demon closure before, related ISPs and customers are being encouraged to upgrade to a Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC / VDSL2) line instead, coverage allowing.

A Vodafone Spokesperson told ISPreview.co.uk:

“We wrote to impacted ISPs on the legacy bulldog LLU broadband network a few months ago, which was owned by Cable & Wireless Worldwide (CWW). Vodafone acquired CWW in 2012.

As part of our modernisation programme, we are closing down old legacy systems due to ageing technology.

We are working closely with our partners to ensure a smooth migration of their end users to an alternative service.”

The change appears to affect customers on a number of different ISPs and any associated partners, although Vodafone was not able to confirm precisely how many connections would be impacted by their decision.

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