A further 199 exchanges have been announced which will receive BT's Wholesale Broadband Connect (WBC) service increasing the reach of faster broadband to more than 18 million homes and businesses by Spring 2011. This update will add ADSL2+ which gives users access to faster broadband speeds up to 24Mbps. For those living further away from the exchange it will also help increase their broadband speeds. 55% of UK homes and businesses have already had their telephone exchanges enabled, capable of reaching around 14 million customers.
The new exchanges announced include the following regions. Click the region name to see the exchanges in the area that are being enabled.
BT Wholesale have also reported that they are trialling class of service priority on WBC and WBMC (Wholesale Broadband Managed Connect) which allows ISPs to prioritise traffic for specific services. This should help ensure a consistent quality of service for things like VoIP which can be affected easily by high latency, packet loss or jitter. The trial will run until Autumn 2010 with plans to bring a commercial product to market in 2011.