Feeds

BT rural ADSL trial moves ahead

Update

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications

BT's trial to bring ADSL to areas of low demand is now up and running in four out of the eight trial sites, the monster telco confirmed today.

In Scotland, two small exchanges – Drumnadrochit, near Loch Ness, and Muir of Ord – each have 16 punters connected to broadband. In Wales, 18 customers are also connected at two exchanges in Corwen and Penrhyndeudraeth. The remaining four sites in the trial will go live over the next two months.

The "Community Broadband Concept", trial, as it's known, adopts new technology and a fresh business approach in a bid to deliver ADSL to areas where it is currently deemed not commercially viable to upgrade an exchange.

The trials use new broadband ADSL exchange equipment that can serve as few as 16 end users per exchange, making it ideal for areas where demand is limited.

The six-month pilot involves a sponsoring body (such as a development agency for example) forking out £7,000 towards the cost of the trial. Those taking part in the trial only have the choice of a single ISP.

At the moment it is still too early to say whether the trial will prove successful enough to be rolled out as a full commercial product next year. But BT Wholesale chief exec Paul Reynolds said the telco is "determined to bring broadband to as many rural areas as possible".

BT is coughing up £1m to help fund the trial, while equipment manufacturers Alcatel, ECI Telecom and Fujitsu are also donating new, smaller-scale equipment. ®

Related Stories

Keep fingers crossed for BT rural ADSL trial
BT enlists sponsors for rural ADSL trial

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee
But there's a flaw in Google's IP-based IoT system
Orange spent weekend spamming customers with TXTs
Zero, not infinity, is the Magic Number customers want
Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN
Exec finds stream speed climbs when smuggled out
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website
Deadline for comments on net neutrality shake-up extended to Friday
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
NBN Co execs: No FTTN product until 2015
Faster? Not yet. Cheaper? No data
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.