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BT and fibre, more encouraging sounds
Tuesday 01 August 2006 15:02:00 by Andrew Ferguson is a good source for those wanting to find out what is happening around the world, and this weeks bulletin includes some useful quotes from BT staff.

"Our 21CN will deliver UK customers with a radically enhanced customer experience. They will have single billing and a range of new converged services. We believe 80% to 90% of customers will choose the improved self service option. It will also deliver new products and services to customers much faster than we can today - from an average of 18 months to months or even weeks or days. By opening up the platform to third party application developers, it will also enable the introduction of new services from non-traditional sources, no longer limiting the innovation to BT's payroll. There's much life left in the old copper dog yet. BT already provides the highest stable speeds across the widest national footprint in the world (up to 8Mbps). BT's policy is to provide the highest speeds in every territory, not just those that choose to live in densely populated metropolitan areas). BT will be state of the art and then some.

Our 21CN access technology has been specified to work both in the exchange, and to be relocated to operate in the street. In addition, PON technology will work from the MSANs we have selected. We have trialed fiber, and will deploy it in some green field developments."

BT's Joe Kelly writing in DSLPrime bulletin

It seems that the roll-out of 21CN which concentrates on the core network and telephone services initially is going to form the baseline from which fibre will creep out into the local loop in the form of PON. A key factor is that BT is keeping its sights firmly on the fact that it is seen as the national provider. Rather than just a company concentrating on the dense urban populations, which should mean those who live outside the metropolitan areas can look forward to further news in the future. When one looks at what is happening abroad it is frustrating to see speeds of 100Mbps and 1Gbps looking routine, but too often it is easy to miss the fact that these speeds are often only available in the larger cities/towns, or are the result of government funding.


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