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Norfolk ISP Suffers - BT Fails To Deliver
By: MarkJ - 05 January, 2004 (2:32 PM)

For the second time in roughly one month, BT has forced an ISP to delay the launch of its broadband service after the operator was unable to supply two crucial backhaul links:

BT has admitted that the West Norfolk Community Broadband (WNCB) project has not received these high-speed backhaul connections, which were due to be installed in December last year. These links are essential if WNCB is to offer wireless broadband services to local homes and businesses.

This is the second time in a month that a community broadband scheme has accused BT of failing to supply the backhaul connections that it needs to operate high-speed services and to compete with other broadband suppliers such as BT itself.

"The longer the delays, the more our advantage disappears to our competitor, BT," Will Newman, operations director of Dark Side Technologies, told ZDNet UK. Dark Side Technologies is responsible for setting up and running the WNCB network.

The good news is that BT has promised to delivery the link - the bad - by May 2004! That's quite a delay. Little surprise that WNCB has joined FDM Broadband, which ran into a similar problem last year, in complaining to Ofcom. More @ ZDNet.

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