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BT Wholesale has confirmed that Tottington, Danbury and Bradford-on-Avon are to have their exchanges converted to ADSL by January 31.

It also confirmed that Wymondham, Alton (Hampshire), Merthyr Tydfil and Inverness Culloden would also be upgraded to broadband after sufficient orders were received.

There's further good news for Net users in Helensburgh, Kilsyth, Olney, Wivehoe, Bursledon and Matlock, which have now passed their trigger levels. They now need to validate their orders.

So far 21 exchanges have been earmarked for broadband, with Todmorden being the first to be upgraded.

However, there is still some despair that the pre-registration service - designed to map demand for broadband in areas currently no served by ADSL - is still being abused by people making false registrations.

A spokesman for BT Wholesale said that such activities were "pointless" and didn't help anyone.

Bogus registrations are thought to be partly to blame for why St Budeaux and Maesteg failed to get enough order confirmations before their six-week deadline expired. These exchanges will now drop back in to the registration phase of the scheme.

Demand levels for Adwick le Street and Rhiwderin have also been revised down after service providers removed a number of suspected false registrations.

Elsewhere, BT Wholesale's mini DSLAM project - which enables exchanges to be upgraded with as few as 16 users - is progressing well and now has 50 people hooked up to the trial.

If successful, it could mean that rural areas could get ADSL with just a handful of subscribers. ®

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