Feeds

BT denies ‘sinister’ role in broadband delay

No dirty tricks in West Norfolk

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top three mobile application threats

BT has denied that there was anything "sinister" behind its delay to wire up a rival community wireless broadband scheme.

The monster telco has already apologised to West Norfolk Community Broadband (WNCB) for delays in delivering their private circuits claiming that "capacity problems" on the network have held up installation possibly until May.

BT had promised to install the circuits - linking WNCB's wireless broadband network to the Net - by December 18. But due to a "misunderstanding", BT failed to hit its delivery time causing massive disruption and disappointment for WNCB.

Now though, it seems BT has managed to improve its delivery time with the promise that the WNCB service will gets its connection by January 20 - coincidentally, just one day before BT hooks up the local Dersingham exchange to ADSL.

In effect, BT's admitted delay means that any competitive advantage that WNCB's wireless broadband scheme might have had has now evaporated, with the wireless and ADSL services expected to be made available around the same time.

WNCB's Will Newman told The Register that the matter has already been escalated within communications regulator Ofcom, with officials there understood to be looking into the matter.

Said Mr Newman: "It seems that BT is only prepared to give us our circuits when they are in a position to compete."

A spokesman for BT denied the telco was involved in any dirty tricks insisting that there was "no sinister reason" behind what he described as "genuine delays". ®

Related Story

BT faces fresh complaint over late BB delivery

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters
Hundreds of emails flood inboxes thanks to gaffe
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
AT&T threatens to pull out of FCC wireless auctions over purchase limits
Company wants ability to buy more spectrum space in auction
Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark
New Statement of Expectations to NBN Co offers get-out clauses for blackspot builds
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China when you've got the next billion in your sights?
Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app
Jibber-jabbering addicts turfed out just as Zuck warned
Google looks to LTE and Wi-Fi to help it lube YouTube tubes
Bandwidth hogger needs tube embiggenment if it's to succeed
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.