A promising start for the new secretary of state

Posted on Jun 10 2010 by Darren Farnden | Comments Off on A promising start for the new secretary of state

Jeremy Hunt, The Secretary of State for Culture, the Olympics Media and Sport has announced the Government’s plans regarding delivering superfast broadband to the UK. In his first speech on the subject he said: “Singapore wants universal access to superfast broadband by 2012, by which time Korea plans to have provided one million homes with 1 gigabit per second connections – a speed which can download a two hour film in just 12 seconds.

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

Darren Farnden, Head of Marketing

But in this country, the legacy was – in the same timescale – a commitment to a paltry 2Mbps universal connection. Necessary, of course, but pitifully un-ambitious compared to a Korean goal 500 times faster.

It is a scandal that nearly 3 million households in this country still cannot access 2Mbps broadband speeds, and less than 1% of the country is able to access the internet using modern fibre optic technology – compared to an OECD average of around 10%.”

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Fuss ‘n’ Fibre

Posted on May 17 2010 by Elsa Chen | Comments Off on Fuss ‘n’ Fibre

Everyone seems to be talking about fibre at the moment – the industry news is full of it. What with BT announcing expanded fibre coverage and numerous providers announcing new fibre based services and participation in BT’s latest fibre trials, it seems to be one of the industry’s current hot topics. So, just what is going on and what is all the fuss about?

Elsa Chen, General Manager

Elsa Chen, General Manager

Towards the end of last year BT ran trials of FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) which provided speeds of up to 40Mbps by utilising fibre optic links to street level cabinets and delivering connectivity via VDSL2 technology between the cabinet and the premises. The trials ran until late December and proved successful. Entanet itself was involved. Since then a number of providers including BT Retail have announced the availability of their FTTC based services with prices ranging from £19.99/month up to £179/month for various packages and options.

But why stop at 40Mbps? BT recently announced its latest round of FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) trials which are expected to provide speeds of up to 100Mbps by delivering a fibre based connection right to the premises. Once again Entanet has been significantly involved from an early stage, starting off with the Kesgrave trials way back in 2008 where we experienced customers reaching speeds of 98Mbps.

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Poll: BT’s fibre-based broadband will cover 66% of UK users and offer speeds up to 40-100Mbps. Is this good news to you?

Posted on May 10 2010 by Gemma Dickinson | Comments Off on Poll: BT’s fibre-based broadband will cover 66% of UK users and offer speeds up to 40-100Mbps. Is this good news to you?
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Categories : 21CN, Polls

BT is expected to expand its fibre-based broadband coverage to 66% of UK users, providing speeds of 40-100Mbps.We would like to know if these new services are of interest to you and we have added a new poll in order to find out.

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Why ISPs need a 21CN strategy – today

Posted on Dec 04 2008 by Neil Watson | Comments Off on Why ISPs need a 21CN strategy – today

The UK’s broadband infrastructure is developing, through BT21CN, to provide next generation services such as ADSL2+ and pressure is increasing on ISPs to put themselves in a suitable position to provide them. Both residential and business customers want speed, resilience and flexibility at a price that doesn’t break the bank, especially in the current economic climate.

Neil Watson, Technical Support Manager

Neil Watson, Technical Support Manager

ISPs now have little choice about whether or not to broaden their product portfolios – the market has made that decision for them. What’s important now is that they determine how best to approach 21CN in order to compete and retain, if not grow, their market share. In short, they must have a 21CN strategy that’s right for their business.

Deciding the right strategy isn’t straightforward however. Right now, ISPs are deliberating over what seem to be the only two options – “Do we invest heavily in the infrastructure required to take Wholesale Broadband Connect (WBC), or take the lesser, managed option, Wholesale Broadband Managed Connect (WBMC)?”

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Warning: BT acronym overload!

Posted on Oct 02 2008 by Darren Farnden | 3 Comments
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Categories : 21CN, EWCS, Featured, WBC, WBMC

WBC, WBMC, WBCC, WVC (WVC being previously known as VLA) and of course not forgetting 21CN! A clear case of TMA if ever there was one. No wonder there is confusion throughout the industry and the trade press over BT’s terminology when they insist on using this many acronyms to describe their next generation platforms and services. Do you know your WBC from your WVC and, more importantly, how they are relevant to you and your customers?

Darren Farnden, Marketing Manager

Darren Farnden, Marketing Manager

If not, don’t panic! Read on for our survivors guide to BT’s 21CN terminology. If you think there’s anything we haven’t covered then let us know using the comments feature and we’ll do our best to update this guide.

21CN (21st Century Network)

21CN is the project name given to the roll out of BT’s next generation network. 21CN is a huge overhaul of the entire BT network infrastructure, updating it in order to support new services such as ADSL2+ which could potentially provide broadband speeds of up to 24Mbps, FTTP and FTTC (which are explained later in this article). 21CN will move all voice and data services to an IP based platform. It is a huge undertaking and is due to be completed by 2012, although ADSL2+ services are available in selected areas now.

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