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Entanet's 21CN broadband goes live Tuesday
Friday 11 July 2008 16:23:52 by John Hunt

Entanet have announced Tuesday 15th July as the launch date of their new 21CN based ADSL2+ broadband services. Up until now, the service has only been available on a trial basis using Wholesale Broadband Connect (WBC), however from Tuesday the service will be available to anyone on an ADSL2+ enabled exchange.

Enta have put in considerable investment to build out their network to the twenty 21CN POP's around the country which will enable Enta to provide the service in a most cost effective manner. Nine of these 21CN nodes will be connected at launch, with the remainder expected by the end of September.

Pricing for the 21CN based services of ADSL24, an Enta reseller, were released about a month and a half ago and give an idea of the rough pricing that should be expected. Andrews & Arnold, another ISP who took part in the WBC trials are expecting to finish the trial at the end of July and launch services immediately. Other providers not involved in the trial will take longer to provide services due to the lead time of ordering the necessary interconnects and services from BT, and the testing required before launching services to end users. Plusnet have indicated a cautious approach and are expecting to start trials with customers in the autumn, hoping to avoid any problems that might occur by jumping in head first.

Interestingly the pricing of the new services is lower than existing IPStream connections (although there has been changes to Enta's 'peak' period definition) which would indicate the cost savings that can be gained, although until WBC is available on a more widespread scale, service providers will have to support the costs of running both the old and new services side by side. This will of course help widen the 'digital divide' often mentioned in the press as some areas are able to get new faster services whilst others on long lines may suffer with a fraction of that speed for some years to come. This is to be expected with the scale of such a product upgrade, and is similar to the staggered roll out of the original ADSL broadband services which started in 2000.

Comments

Posted by Dawn_Falcon over 8 years ago
The pricing is lower per-GB of peak time bandwidth, but the peak time has changed such that I'd consider the old service better value.

Without a *major* speed increase I can't see why someone would consider changing.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
Not to mention anyone that gets near to the maximum speed will blow their load with the 3gig package in under one single hour of full rate downloading.

I thought all this ADSL2+ from BT was going to be vastly cheaper for the customer based on some of the talk that came before the product???

Like you though Dawn i also notice the shift in the off peak times and i agree for a customer its silly to even consider it. (Well atleast from ADSL24 other company prices to customers like us we will have to wait and see).
Posted by chrysalis over 8 years ago
dawn I agree, made the same point on forums a few times. To summarise entanets new packages, they better if you can maintain a synch higher than 4544kbit and worse if you below that synch speed. In other words it widens the gap between the best and worse lines as they have a flat price for speed.
Posted by timmay over 8 years ago
This makes the value of LLU seem even better! And currently O2 and sky have better coverage than BT WBC. The choice is easy for me, I'll be getting O2.
Posted by orbit123 over 8 years ago
Not going well so far for us. Most of our connections on the BT Exchanges being upgraded have been affected with some offline for over 24 hours now. Customers not too excited about proposed speed increase when they don't have any connection at all!
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
quote"Not going well so far for us. Most of our connections on the BT Exchanges being upgraded have been affected with some offline for over 24 hours now. Customers not too excited about proposed speed increase when they don't have any connection at all!"

Opps wasnt that another thing some video on here harped on about from BT about how they were upgrading and checking it all before it arrived to make sure everything worked?? Opppps!
Posted by uniquename over 8 years ago
In the forums Jason of ukfsn has said profiling will be applied to WBC, not just WMBC, and sjr has provided this link - http://allcomm.co.uk/21cn_profile.php

Should cause a rise in signups for Be/O2 and Sky!
Posted by herdwick over 8 years ago
http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/3459-broadband-speeds-never-far-from-the-headlines.html
"The number of profiles is set to increase dramatically meaning the granularity of the IP Profile steps will be a lot smaller than the existing 0.25 and 0.5Mbps."

Profiling has always been in WBC.
Posted by drteeth over 8 years ago
What a shot in the foot. I pay £18 with Be for an effectively unlimited service and excellent tech support (not that I have needed it much at all). It is such a breath of fresh air not to have to deal with BT's FUBARed profiling.
Posted by c_j_ over 8 years ago
A national BTwholesale rollout with hiccups? Who'd have thought it? Certainly not anyone who remembers the MTU fiasco in the early days of home broadband, or the incorrect prioritisation when Home 1000 came along, or the semi-permanent "red VP" picture when 2Mbit became widely available, or... need I go on?
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
quote".......need I go on?"
LOL please do you seem to be bang on accurate so far c_j_
Dont be shocked if you get attacked, its almost like a law around here that you must not point out BTs (to be polite) issues.
Basically everything the supporters had to say about BT ADSL2+ seem to be turning out to be the opposite (not really a shock) A shame though at the time they were so eager to argue with people such as myself that saw issues that they are not as eager to hold hands up and say i and others that pointed out flaws were correct.
Posted by chrysalis over 8 years ago
another thing thats interesting is they have chosen to share the now larger tier 1 rebate with users on lesser exchanges.
Posted by chrysalis over 8 years ago
funny BT kept the 7150 and 7000 steps, all this talk about the profiling system been under heavy load and they have a extra profile for the top synchers to get a extra 2% speed.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
quote"they have a extra profile for the top synchers to get a extra 2% speed"

LOL that should be fun bouncing like a space hopper between the two lol
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