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BT Wholesale is to begin a six-week trial of a new 1 Mb ADSL service aimed at home users, the monster telco confirmed today.

IPStream Home1000 - as it's called - could give ISPs the chance to take on speedier services offered by cablecos NTL and Telewest. Then again...

The trial starts on October 6 following internal tests during September. The monthly wholesale rental for the trial is £23 (ex VAT) with £50 (ex VAT) for activation.

According to details released by BT Wholesale today, BT IPStream Home 1000 will be a 'wires only' self install product.

All ISPs currently reselling BT's ADSL service will be able to take part in the trial and will be able to sign up as many punters as they like during the pilot stage. BT will start accepting applications from ISPs from September 1.

Explaining that punters can opt for different packages, the telco said it will be possible "to migrate or regrade users from BT IPStream Home 500 to BT IPStream Home 1000, and vice versa, during the trial and from launch", although there is likely to be a fee for this flexibility.

BT Wholesale announced back in March that it planned to trial a 1Mbps ADSL service in the autumn. ®

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