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Entanet Broadband Customers Go Live on IPStream Connect

Posted: 17th Jan, 2009 By: MarkJ
Entanet, which supplies several UK ISPs (Aquiss, ADSL24, UKFSN etc.) with broadband ADSL services, has become the first non-BT wholesaler to utilise the newer IPStream Connect (IPSC) to deliver IPStream connections to its partners. The move allows Entanet's partners to shift their broadband customers off of BT's existing IPStream Centrals, which cost more to run, and onto the cheaper IPStream Connect (IPSC) product.

In order to utilise IPSC Entanet has installed Multi-Service Interconnect Links (MSILs) in 10 BT 21CN nodes around the country. It has already installed equipment at all 20 BT21CN nodes in order to take Wholesale Broadband Connect (WBC) and was also the first non-BT wholesaler to use this platform to deliver ADSL2+ (24Mbps) broadband services on BT21CN in July 2008:

Commenting on the move to IPSC, Entanet’s Chief Technical Officer, Steve Lalonde says: “IPSC represents a step-change in broadband delivery. As a communications provider that’s taken WBC already, the utilisation of IPSC marks the end of our reliance on traditional IPStream Central delivery. Over the past three years we’ve needed to use multiple BT 622Mbps Central pipes to accommodate our growing bandwidth requirements.

Moving to IPSC enables us not only to improve how we manage bandwidth but also shorten the lead time for increasing bandwidth capacity – it takes 20 working days to install a new MSIL on IPSC compared to 90 working days for a 622Mbps Central. It also enables us to begin switching off an ageing technology that’s recently become more expensive to use.

BT recently increased its wholesale IPStream bandwidth pricing by 24%. “Unless other providers are adopting the same strategy as Entanet, it is unlikely that IPSC will become available to them until much later this year when it is consumed by BT’s managed WBC service, WBMC, which means that they will have to go on paying the higher price for Centrals”, Lalonde notes.

Naturally Entanet claims to have already made its transition successfully and is therefore able to help other providers who wish to do the same. Some UK ISPs are understandably unhappy with how BT has gone about delivering its new products, although all such providers will ultimately be forced to adapt.
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