Entanet has opened the BT 21CN trials up to its channel partners to allow them to trial its managed version of BT Wholesale Broadband Connect (WBC) and get first hand experience of the new ADSL2+ services available over 21CN.
"Through the WBC Broadband service trials that started in Birmingham in November we're gaining excellent insight into the product's performance. This further trial is an important opportunity for partners to see the service in action themselves. We expect ADSL2+ associated speeds and QoS options to be available during the trial and later the emergence of Annex M options which will allow the trading off of downstream rates in favour of higher upstream rates."Carol Davies (Broadband Business Development Manager), Entanet
The trial service to channel partners will be available from January to March 2008 on the trial 11 exchanges and via the first two available BT Aggregation Points (AP's), Birmingham and Wolverhampton.
Using a wholesale aggregator such as Entanet provides advantages to partners as they will be able to reap the benefits of 21CN and WBC without the need to connect to BT at each of the 20 AP's if they want to cover all regions in the UK. Enta will provide hand off at any of the AP's, its existing 17 PoP's or at other locations using metro Ethernet services. Pure WBC is likely to hold price benefits over the managed version of WBC available from BT which will deliver service from all exchanges via one of the 20 AP's, similar to the existing BT IPStream services.