It seems the UK is set to start waving goodbye to 0.5Mbps as the average speed for broadband. Easynet has announced plans to carry out a technical trial of ADSL2 and ADSL2+ technologies running at up to 24Mbps, with the anticipation that a full commercial launch will occur in the second half of 2005.
The Easynet LLU services are what UK Online use to currently provide their 8Mbps service, additionally other providers can purchase a wholesale product from Easynet calling LLUStream and therefore make use of the Easynet network. The existing LLU kit used by Easynet already has the ADSL2 and ADSL2+ capabilities built in.
Easynet currently have 240 exchanges where LLU services are available, the UK Online service is available on a growing subset of these. These 240 exchanges service around 4.4 million homes, and 700,000 businesses. So by the end of 2005 the UK may have broadband that matches speeds people often envy around the world.
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