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BT Extends ADSL Reach & Tops 3m!

Posted: 18th Aug, 2004 By: MarkJ
BT has officially cleared extended reach broadband, allowing those that were previously out of ADSL's range (or failed a line test) to have a second chance. BTWholesale also passed the 3m ADSL lines mark and still adds 6,000 new users per day.

In short, BT has completely REMOVED the distance limit for 512Kbps ADSL services and increased the coverage of 1Mbps from 4KM to 6KM from the exchange. However, you'll have to wait until 6th September 2004 before the new rules apply:

Following BT Wholesale trials in Milton Keynes and rural areas around Fort William and Dingwall in the Scottish Highlands, BT is confident a 512kb/sec ADSL service can now be provided to the vast majority of people beyond the former limit which was roughly equivalent to 6km distance from the exchange.

From September 6, 2004, the reach limit for the 512kb/sec ADSL services will be removed. BT is also increasing the range for 1Mb/sec premium services from 4km to approximately 6km - making 1Mb/sec ADSL available to 96 per cent of homes and businesses connected to a broadband exchange.

The trial data indicates that removing the limit means 99.8 per cent of lines connected to a broadband exchange should now be able to get a 512kb/sec ADSL service. To date approximately 96 per cent of homes and businesses connected to broadband enabled exchanges were within range for 512kb/sec ADSL.

The trials revealed that to provide broadband service to approximately one in five people beyond the former limit will require a visit by a BT engineer to make modifications to wiring at the customer premises or to local BT network cabling. BT would not charge the customer for this engineer visit.

For a small number of cases it may not be possible to provide reliable broadband service at 512kb/sec, even following a visit by a BT engineer. However, BT will continue to seek a solution as the technologies develop. The trial data indicates that where the exchange is upgraded for broadband, an average of 99.8 per cent of lines should be able to get 512kb/sec ADSL broadband service.

This is excellent news. By recognising the dynamic nature of different areas, BT is allowing almost everybody a fair chance at broadband.
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