As of January 15th 2003, the BT Wholesale demand registration scheme will change from a three step process down to a two step process. The effect of this will be to remove the current six week Advance Order phase.
The new system will work identically during the registration phase, but once the trigger is met a new orders system will be in place allowing ISPs to take orders from users, rather than just confirming interest.
The advance orders phase is effectively suspended from today and to that effect eighteen exchanges will now move into the build phase and in the near future dates for those exchanges to go live with ADSL will be published. To date the scheme has resulted in 10 exchanges going live, a further 15 in the build stage, and the additional 18 entering the build stage today. For those exchanges that hit their trigger in the next couple of weeks, ISPs will simply collate the customer details until they can actually process the orders on the 15th.
This move is an effort to speed up the rate at which exchanges get ADSL, and should not be seen as charter for people to race to enter false information into the system via ISPs. A wide range of checks will be carried out on the data, to ensure that false demand does not result in an exchange unfairly leap frogging those with genuine demand. In cases where false demand is found, the false entries will be removed.
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