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BT To Withdraw Consumer ISDN Services

Posted: 03rd Apr, 2007 By: MarkJ
BT has announced that it is to withdraw Integrated Digital Services Network (ISDN) services from consumer use later this year. The news follows a related article this morning, which saw a more complicated ISDN to broadband upgrade path being put on hold (here):

ISDN proved very popular with people working from home who needed access to data connections faster than available dial-up modem speeds.

"We are withdrawing consumer ISDN," said a BT spokesman, "the demand for it has dived with the availability of cheap, fast broadband." But some broadcasters feel the service is still essential to their jobs.

Back when home net users relied on dial-up modems and fast data pipes were so expensive that only businesses had them, ISDN emerged as a hugely attractive alternative.

No doubt the seasoned surfers among our readership will recall BT's residential ISDN service, better known as HomeHighway and later MidBand. One other positive to ISDN is that it still provides a reliable alternative to satellite solutions in the small areas where ADSL is not available.

Though ridiculously expensive, we still have fond memories of the technology and how it helped to make faster (than dialup) Internet access more accessible to the UK. Does anybody here still use it? More @ BBC News Online.
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