Feeds

BT's 21CN is 'exciting, radical and now'

The March of Time

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization

BT has been banging the drum about its new 21st century network (21CN) and how it is set to revolutionise just about everything. The former monopoly's new IP network is "exciting", "radical", and "now", enthused chief evangelist BT Wholesale boss Paul Reynolds on Monday.

Addressing the inaugural 21st Century Communications World Forum in London, Reynolds said: "We're seeing the beginnings of the wired home revolution, or more likely the wireless IP home revolution. The network will sit at the heart of society. It will be the nervous system that fuels the economy, government, business and human relationships in a way it never has before."

His hour-long address to an audience of several hundred delegates highlighted BT's strategy to phase out the UK's public switched telephone network (PSTN), replacing it with a multi-service internet protocol (IP) based network which will carry both voice and data services. As well as paving the way for a string of new hi-tech applications 21CN is expected to deliver cash savings of £1bn a year to BT by 2009.

Reynolds accepts that broadband telephony - VoIP - poses a real threat to established telcos such as BT and that "embracing the IP future" requires huge investment and new skills. Some operators have decided to ride out this period of change, to hunker down, as Reynolds put it, strip investments back to maintenance levels and adopt a wait and see approach.

Not BT. It believes a radical approach backed by investment is key.

"None of us can stop the march of technological progress. The future became inevitable the day we learned how to fully digitise our industry. Digitised voice, data and video can now be combined, changed, merged and manipulated on a single digital platform. 

"And if it is the ability to merge multiple information formats on a single platform that is driving the desire for convergence at a device level, the availability of carrier-class IP networks, multi-service networks and software-driven switching, are fuelling the agenda for fundamental change in our industry."

21st Century Communications World Forum runs until Thursday. ®

Related stories

IP telephony tests go global
BT to trial fibre-to-the-home
BT to save £1bn a year with IP network

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud
Just as Jeff Bezos did to books and CDs, Amazon's rivals are now doing to it
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
The triumph of VVOL: Everyone's jumping into bed with VMware
'Bandwagon'? Yes, we're on it and so what, say big dogs
Carbon tax repeal won't see data centre operators cut prices
Rackspace says electricity isn't a major cost, Equinix promises 'no levy'
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
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.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.