BT Wholesale have announced today that they are now running over 5 million broadband users on their Wholesale Broadband Managed Connect (WBMC) over IPStream Connect service. IPStream Connect is the migration path for wholesale customers who have legacy 20CN connections to move these on to the new 21st Century Network (21CN). Making the move allows broadband users to be delivered over a unified link along with the next-generation services such as up to 24meg from ADSL2+ and up to 40meg from fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC).
The 5 million milestone comes after 230,000 customers were moved last night at the Ilford exchange which follows further transfers that have been carried out in August at Faraday and Kingston exchanges. Service providers can gain cost savings by moving legacy customers over on to WBMC with IPStream Connect as it allows them to decommission the BT Central pipes which are used for providing the backhaul for older IPStream services which have been in use since broadband became available in the UK back in 2000. BT Wholesale now has over 50 service providers using WBMC and IPStream connect to backhaul their broadband customers.