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BT set broadband demand trigger levels for another 500 exchanges (PDF list) today.

Revised targets mean means 56 exchanges will go straight into BT's ADSL upgrade programme, after enough local people expressed interest through the monster telco's demand registration scheme to meet required trigger levels.

Cost saving and technical changes, including linking exchanges to share "backhaul" connections to BT's core network, have brought down the cost of equipping exchanges with ADSL, making it possible for BT Wholesale to set lower demand trigger levels.

BT said it has now created a framework to bring ADSL broadband within reach of 90 per cent of UK homes and businesses.

Last month, BT announced it reached the milestone of providing one million wholesale broadband connections.

On July 21, BT will launch ADSL Exchange Activate - a product designed for very small local exchanges where there is specific demand and a sponsor body interested in bringing broadband to the area for developmental, commercial or social reasons.

BT continues to investigate other technologies, including satellite and wireless solutions, to deliver broadband services to those areas where current ADSL technology is unlikely to be appropriate for technical or commercial reasons. ®

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