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BTs 'Small Community ADSL' Details

Posted: 04th Apr, 2003 By: MarkJ
BT has released further details on its 'ADSL Exchange Activate' project, which others may recognise as mini-DSLAM or community ADSL.

ADSL Exchange Activate is designed to bring broadband ADSL services to areas (rural etc.) where the demand for such services is low:

BT TO LAUNCH BROADBAND FOR SMALL COMMUNITIES

BT today confirmed that it will go ahead with the full national launch of its pioneering project to bring high speed broadband technology to small local communities.

Following successful trials in eight sites across the country BT Wholesale plans to make 'ADSL Exchange Activate' available commercially from July this year. The scheme involves a sponsoring body which has a social, development or commercial interest in bringing broadband to specific areas. The sponsor pays a lump sum to get groups of 30 customers connected to ADSL equipment for a three year period.

Bruce Stanford, products director of BT Wholesale, said: "BT has just announced a radical plan which takes the potential reach of its conventional ADSL broadband to 90 per cent of the country.* But even with that programme there will be gaps to fill in, and that is where our Activate solution will be able to help.

The trials have shown conclusively how organisations can work together to achieve a collective goal and set an example for others. Customers have been absolutely delighted with the fast, always-on internet service they have been connected to. In many cases it has transformed the way people live and work.

BT is firmly committed to making broadband available in as many parts of the UK as possible, and this Exchange Activate product will have a crucial role to play in achieving this.
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With Exchange Activate, the sponsor will be able to order ADSL service on a nominated exchange in blocks of 30 connections; the first block will cost £45,000 and subsequent blocks on the same exchange £30,000. The fee covers installation and rental charges for a three year period, at the end of which normal rental charges will take over.


It appears as if the downside to all this might be the high monthly rental cost (£40 to £50 PM), although many may feel that it's a price worth paying compared to some of the more costly / restrictive alternatives (Satellite).

The service itself won't arrive until the summer (July) and trials are currently being conducted.
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