Entanet Extends 21CN Provision With 40mbps FTTC Trials

Wholesale voice and data communications provider Entanet has announced that it plans to continue with its strategy of pushing the limits of BT21CN by trialling BT’s Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) services. The company has already participated in Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) trials in 2008 that delivered speeds to new-build houses of up to 100Mbps.

Entanet has also invited its channel partners to participate in the FTTC customer trials, which will run from 1st July 2009 for up to six months at the BT exchanges in Muswell Hill (London) and, shortly afterwards, in Whitchurch (Cardiff).

Entanet’s Head of Marketing, Darren Farnden, explained: “BTW currently states up to 40Mbps downstream and up to 2Mbps upstream and there is an option to increase the upstream up to 5Mbps. This is achieved by connecting a street-located DSLAM to the serving exchange by a fibre and using VDSL 2 (very high bit rate DSL) technology. It is part of our ongoing strategy to push the limits of BT21CN with the aim of improving the customer’s experience for applications such as video telephony, high quality voice, web browsing and video streaming.”

Several Entanet partners have already asked to participate in the trials, for which only a limited number of end users are required. The trials will utilise end users’ existing broadband lines, will require a BT engineer appointments and possibly a change of CPE hardware.