16 User DSLAMs for the AutumnIn response to several questions people asked Mr Verwaayen via our email list, the BT CEO has indicated that a trial of a new DSL product will start in the Autumn that is suitable for the smaller and lower demand exchanges.
This new product is based around the existing DSLAM platform. A DSLAM is the device used in local exchanges to connect DSL lines to the BT broadband network and should be suitable for as few as 16 users if plans go ahead. Whether BT would install it at an exchange with just 16 users is unlikely but certainly for exchanges that reach 50 to 100 level on the demand tracker this offers a small ray of sunshine for the autumn.
Another response worth noting is that the CEO asserts that if the costs to enable an exchange fall over time the trigger levels for enabling will also fall.