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Trouble Predicted - BT's Big IP Switch

Posted: 19th Oct, 2004 By: MarkJ
Experts, such as the chief executive of broadband equipment vendor Net.com, Bert Whyte, have raised doubts about BT's ability to upgrade onto an IP-based network by 2009:

Under the 21st Century Network (21CN) project, announced back in June, BT will ditch its existing PSTN equipment and replace a complex web of interconnecting legacy technologies with a single IP network by 2009.

BT is aiming to start migrating customers from PSTN onto voice-over-IP in 2007. Whyte is concerned that BT may get too far ahead of itself as it tries to implement such a large-scale VoIP deployment and build a new framework for broadband services.

"BT are ahead of the curve compared to other companies, but the problem with being a pioneer is that you get arrows in the back," said Whyte. "BT is getting the market too excited."


Typically such concerns are unlikely to slow BT, which plans to continue on and believes that it has a firm foundation for doing so. More @ ZDNet.
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