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BT Plan 8Mbps ADSL & ADSL2+ Trials
By: MarkJ - 03 February, 2005 (12:55 PM)

BT has just confirmed its intention to begin April 2005 trials of broadband ADSL services up to 8Mbps (only on lines capable of 2Mbps). The operator also announced preliminary 18Mbps ADSL2+ plans!:

Trials are scheduled to begin in April 2005 with a view to launching higher speed services nationally from the autumn.

Firstly the company plans to trial upping the speeds on lines that will currently support existing 2Mbit/s ADSL services to deliver speeds between 2Mbit/s and 8Mbit/s dependant on line characteristics. In addition BT Wholesale plans to run initial trials of ADSL2+ technology to support higher speed services of up to 18Mbit/s. Further details of the timing, scope and location of the trials will be provided over the next few weeks.

From April 2005, BT Wholesale plans to reduce the wholesale cost to service providers of BT IPStream ADSL products by an average of about 8 per cent in areas where there is a combination of high customer demand, high take up and lower costs. The reduction will be delivered as a rebate to the service provider of £1.10 per BT IPstream Home end user and £1.40 per BT IPstream Office and S product end user.

The company announced it will also reduce the costs for BT Datastream ADSL service providers at the same time to ensure continued compliance with the regulatory margin rule. Given current market and regulatory conditions, BT said it does not expect to make any further significant price changes to the existing ADSL IP Stream rental charges over the next 12 months, other than potentially some changes to support the take up of higher bandwidth services.

BT Wholesale has also announced it plans further price cuts for Local Loop Unbundling operators. BT would hope to cut the monthly rental on the fully unbundled local loop product by a similar proportion to the BT IPstream reduction. This will be subject to the speedy and satisfactory conclusion of two related Ofcom consultations and the wider review as well as following normal regulatory processes.

BT goes on to state that the recently proposed changes (relaxation) to the Access Network Frequency Plan (ANFP) are the reason it's finally able to turn ADSL2+ into a reality.

Overall the proposals form an additional backbone response to both Ofcom's Telecoms Review and BT's own 21st Centaury Network (21CN) plans.

Unfortunately the advent of higher speed ADSL and ADSL2+ technology will not benefit everybody, only those living even closer to the exchange. Having said that, itís still good news.

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