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BT invest £1bn in 21CN for Scotland
Friday 22 September 2006 04:51:00 by Sebastien Lahtinen

This week BT announced its plans to invest over £1 billion over the next five years bringing 21CN technology to Scottish exchanges. This will enable the new generation of voice, data, video and broadband services. According to BT it will begin in the major cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness, Stirling, Perth and Paisley as well as towns including Dunfermline, Falkirk, Musselburgh and Newton Mearns. The process will start in just over a year in these key locations.

One of the services BT mentions it will be looking to offer is wholesale broadband services up to 24 Mbps. Eight "metro nodes" across the country will control the signalling within the over 1,000 exchanges that will need to be upgraded eventually. BT estimated that the 24 Mbps broadband service will be available to around half of the UK from the beginning of 2008.

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