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BT has performed a minor miracle after wiring up a rival community broadband scheme more than three months ahead of schedule.

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

BT had originally 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.

Members of WNCD were left in limbo and unsure whether their service would be connected until the early summer.

On Monday this week, though, BT confirmed that it had managed to improve its delivery time with the promise that the WNCB service would gets its connection by January 20 - coincidentally, just one day before BT hooks up the local Dersingham exchange to ADSL.

Now it seems some kind of divine intervention has occurred, with the news that WNCB has now been wired up.

Somehow - and heaven only knows how - BT engineers completed the installation of two circuits yesterday, both of which "test out perfectly". Since BT had only recently said this couldn't be done until May, this really is a superhuman effort.

No, it's more than that - it's a blimmin' miracle and so it is.

WNCB's Will Newman was overjoyed when he called The Register to tell us of the good news.

It goes without saying that BT's super effort had nothing to do with the stink caused by this matter or the fact that officials at communications regulator, Ofcom, were taking a very serious interest in the case.

No one from BT was available for comment at the time of writing. ®

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