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BT Wholesale reduce 388 exchange triggers

BT Wholesale has issued a press release detailing the results of a widespread review of the trigger levels required for a BT exchange to become ADSL enabled. The review has resulted in demand level triggers being reduced for 388 exchanges, and a further 87 exchanges now have a trigger level for the first time. Perhaps the best news is that the very high triggers have now gone, the highest trigger level will be 550.

Paul Reynolds, BT Wholesale chief executive, has the following to say on this news. "The registration scheme has helped us guide investment in broadband to match demand. Our growing experience of the actual work involved now allows us to be confident in lowering many of the demand levels at which we will upgrade exchanges for broadband." This is another significant step in making broadband more widely available.

The BT Wholesale demand tracker should update over the period of the 24th January, and our own demand tracker will pick the trigger level changes up overnight.

Under the scheme so far, 14 exchanges have been enabled and there is work going on at a further 58 exchanges. The total number of exchanges which are DSL enabled stands at 1133. The list below shows the exchanges that have reached their trigger levels in the last 24 hours, and includes some that had no triggers previously set.

Exchange Name

Old Threshold

New Threshold

Aberdeen Kingswells, Grampian 450 350
Ardwick, Greater Manchester 350 250
Barry, South Glamorgan 450 350
Biggin Hill, Greater London 400 300
Burghfield Common, Berkshire 350 300
Chorleywood, Hertfordshire Not Set 300
Dinas Powys, South Glamorgan 300 250
Eastbourne Pevensey, East Sussex 650 300
Hexham, Northumberland 750 350
Hindhead, Surrey 400 300
Holmer Green, Buckinghamshire 700 250
Knaresborough, North Yorkshire 400 350
Littleborough, Greater Manchester 400 350
Medstead, Hampshire 350 300
Naphill, Buckinghamshire Not Set 300
Ormskirk, Merseyside 350 300
Pangbourne, Berkshire 400 250 400 250
Penwortham, Lancashire 400 400
Retford, Nottinghamshire 400 350
Ripon, North Yorkshire 400 350
Spencers Wood, Berkshire 350 200
Thorpe Bay, Essex 200 200


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