BT makes splash with Metro Ethernet offering
Metro Ethernet looks set to be a pair of words that will become more common in the UK for business level connections now, with the announcement by BT a couple of days ago that it is to launch its BT EVLAN service. BT Press Release is here.
BT EVLAN is an Ethernet Virtual Private LAN service (VPLS), which will provide secure links between different sites in a single metro areas each with Ethernet based networking. The service is to be initially available in London, spreading to other major metro areas later in the year. Speeds between sites will be available from 10MBps through to 1000Mbps (1Gbps - 1 Gigabit per second). The links will have a range of up to 25km, and according to the ZDNet article it is in the process of being rolled out to all London schools.
Just in case some home users are getting excited at the prospect of 1Gbps in the UK, we should mention the price, around £10,000 to install a 10Mbps connection, and then upwards of £5,000 a year for rental.
Update: 20th September 2005 The monthly rental starts at a figure much lower than previously thought. We have updated the article above to reflect figures closer to the actual pricing. Previously we had said 'around £5,000 a month for rental', in reality the pricing starts from around £5,000 per year.