Tuesday, November 28, 2006

BT (Brtish Telecom) goes ALL-IP in Village of Wicks

More than 100 consumers in the U.K. village of Wick are among the first customers to be connected to BT Group’s next-generation telecommunications network, which went live Tuesday.

The BT 21st Century Network, dubbed 21CN, is one of the most ambitious network overhauls of its kind in the world. Instead of using traditional circuit-switched systems to transport phone calls, the U.K. operator is switching its entire networking infrastructure to IP technology.
The move to an all-IP network will allow BT to offer consumers and businesses "triple-play" voice, data and video services over a single ADSL2+ (asymmetric DSL) broadband connection, at speeds up to 24Mbps. Among the new services supported by the network are voice over IP and IPTV.

At the same time, the move will allow the operator to lower operating costs. It expects to save about 1 billion pounds (US$1.9 billion) per year as a result of the network overhaul. Total cost of the overhaul is estimated at 10 billion pounds.

CIO article


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