Griffin Internet, the channel focussed business ISP, has confirmed it will be participating in BT's first fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) trials starting on the 1st of July. Only two Exchanges are involved in the pilot, Muswell Hill in London, and Whitchurch in South Glamorgan. Users will be testing the new service that offers 40meg (megabits per second) download and 2meg upload. Around 49 street side cabinets are being deployed by BT with fibre links back to the telephone exchange. Each cabinet will have a VDSL2 DSLAM which connects to the users premises using a standard phone line.
Griffin has invested in multiple Gigabit interconnects into BT's 21st Century Network (21CN) and plan to double the capacity of their 10Gbit/s metro fibre ring which was installed last year.
"Griffin has had a close working relationship with BT Wholesale since we developed the UK's first Managed Broadband platform for them back in 2003. Being first to market for our Partners is less important than knowing that products work first time every time and are fixed quickly when they go wrong. Our policy is to trial and test with our suppliers as early as possible so that new products are brought to market quickly without compromising quality."Adrian Sunderland (CTO), Griffin