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BT Wholesale to delay 21CN WBMC broadband rollout

21CN is a massive project and these always carry risks of slipping schedules. It seems BT Wholesale is running into further problems with its Wholesale Broadband Managed Connect (WBMC) product. It is thought that broadband providers will hear news of the delay at an ISP forum meeting with BT Wholesale today.

BT IPStream Connect is an ADSL product that provides a stepping stone from the legacy 20CN IPStream products that have been on sale since 2000 to the 21CN product range. The main change being that providers can take over the bandwidth at a 21CN node. The end-user would see no difference in their connection speeds. This product is available to purchase now and requires the ISP to provide their own backhaul from the BRAS in the BT network to their own equipment.

WBMC is a product from BT Wholesale aimed at the small to medium sized provider that incorporates IPStream Connect as well as allowing the provision of the 21CN ADSL2+ products. It lets the ISP terminate broadband connections in a similar way to the IPStream Central pipe system currently used by service providers, but instead uses a WES (wholesale extension service) from one of 100 BT 21CN metro nodes. This is what many providers would be expecting to migrate to eventually, however the launch appears to have been delayed by up to 6 months with a release planned now for summer 2009.

It is thought the reason behind the delays have been down to problems in getting the systems set-up to deal with the volumes of orders expected, and for those who got ADSL early in 2000, will sound familiar.

Any delays by BT Wholesale play into the hands of their competitors such as Virgin Media or LLU providers, who enjoy the delays as it gives them a longer advantage in the speed and usage allowance competition. Unfortunately for around one third of UK households, BT Wholesale broadband connections remain the only choice.


Think you'll find the delay is closer to 9 months as its end of summer 2009 :(

  • boggits
  • over 12 years ago

oh dear, it gets from bad to worse on 21CN.

  • chrysalis
  • over 12 years ago

What's the betting that this is because they are making Phorm an integral part of WBMC and the delays BT are having in rolling that out?

  • jelv
  • over 12 years ago

As i said before the wooden over coats will be on first.

  • ruskin0
  • over 12 years ago

Probably a touch of the blanket and the
dumby outta the pram here to.

P.S. Nice one on Sky for bucking out da
FUP, i thinks sky will be getting a lot of
BT's customers LMAO.

  • ruskin0
  • over 12 years ago

The curse of BTw rollouts strikes again. How sad. How predictable.

Andrew, can you clarify "small to medium sized provider" ? Are we basically talking about ALL the BTw-based ISPs except BT Retail?

  • c_j_
  • over 12 years ago

@ c_j_ Entanet is already using WBC at enabled exchanges, with several problems. As I understand it WMBC is a managed product built onto WBC.

Re Andrew's point about LLU, I have just moved to O2 due to previous WMBC delays and the 1Mb steps in the higher BT profiles. No profiles is bliss!

  • uniquename
  • over 12 years ago

Small to medium usually refers to those under 750,000 customers

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 12 years ago

Glad i didnt listen to any of the 21CN it will be superb nonsense before it arrived.... BT suddenly seem to be having all types of issues regarding services and equipment

  • over 12 years ago

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