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BT cuts symmetrical broadband by half

BT is trying to stimulate demand for symmetrical broadband services by halving supplier connection charges.

BT is trying to stimulate demand for symmetrical broadband services by halving supplier connection charges.

Symmetrical broadband allows users to send data at the same speed as receiving it - making it a cheaper alternative to symmetrical leased lines.

The price reduction comes into force on 21 October and will see the supplier connection charge for each customer fall from £450 to £225. As the initial outlay of suppliers will fall, the cost to users should also.

The reduction is applicable for all orders placed with the wholesale arm of BT by 24 February 2005.

Wally Freeman, BT Wholesale general manager for broadband products, said, "This special offer is designed to stimulate the take up of SDSL [symmetrical digital subscriber line] services which are still relatively new products, and to encourage more of our service provider customers to add SDSL products to their broadband portfolio.

"We plan to double the number of exchanges where we offer SDSL in the coming months," she said.

Earlier this month, BT Wholesale announced plans to increase the number of exchanges offering SDSL from 150 to 300.

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