Feeds

BT looks to light up broadband black spots

Trials announced

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Broadband have-nots in Northern Ireland and Yorkshire are to take part in trials designed to wire-up parts of the UK currently without DSL.

Trials are due to begin this month at four sites in Yorkshire and five in Northern Ireland with BT installing its kit in street cabinets nearer to punters' homes and businesses.

By bringing BT's broadband kit (DSLAMs) closer to end users, it should help deliver broadband to those pockets of the UK that are beyond the reach of the telco's broadband network.

Beginning in December, BT will kick-off separate trials near Dorchester, Dorset, and in the Kingswells area of Aberdeen.

In both trials DSLAMs will be installed in street cabinets, which in turn will be connected back to the local telephone exchange by fibre optic cable - an approach known as 'fibre to the cabinet' (FTTC).

In a statement Cameron Rejali, MD for products and strategy at BT Wholesale: "While the vast majority of people can now get access to broadband we haven't lost sight of the small pockets where access to this vital technology remains an issue.

"We're investigating a range of possible solutions which might help us get broadband to small pockets of customers in certain areas."

While BT is upbeat that the trials will work, it wants to ensure that the approach is technically and commercially sound.

A year ago BT extended that reach of its broadband service so that 99.8 per cent of the UK was able to hook up to broadband. Despite its investment, though, around 100,000 households mostly in rural areas are still without high speed net access. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.