The 21st Century Network (21CN) from the BT Group is going to bring many changes to the broadband market in the UK, and as ever this means trials to ensure everything is running smoothly.
Entanet has announced its selection as the only non-BT company to be taking part in the first 21CN broadband trial. The trial is expected to start on 1st November 2007 at a Birmingham exchange expanding to ten exchanges in January 2008 when other broadband providers will be joining the trial.
To be selected as one of the three trialists is very exciting news for us. We’ve been extremely proactive in BT’s 21CN industry working group consultations. This involvement will provide us first with hand experience of its implementation and testing as well as a significant insight into the network’s performance from an end user experience perspective and will help us accelerate our own product development.Entanet’s Chief Operations Officer James Blessing
Before people get carried away and start thinking of fibre based services to their home, the main thrust of the 21CN broadband products will be ADSL2+ based over the existing copper telephone network, leveraging in changes to the backhaul systems linking providers to the exchanges. The expectation is that 21CN will be priced such that broadband providers will have more scope to cope with the year on year growth in broadband usage.