The tiny village of Wick, near Cardiff, is the first conurbation in the UK to be served by BT’s new IP-based 21st Century Network (21CN).
The £10bn 21CN will deliver improved voice, data, broadband and multimedia services to users, and save BT money in operating expenses.
The current basic broadband speed offered by BT nationally is 8mbps. BT says the 21CN will help it move towards a basic 24mbps broadband speed.
BT has so far re-built around 10% of the UK’s core national communications infrastructure, installed 21CN equipment at over 100 sites across the UK, and laid more than 2,300 kilometres of new fibre optic cable in south Wales.
Following the first phase of customer migrations in Wick, customers in Cardiff, Bridgend and the Pontypridd area will be the next to have their voice and broadband services transferred to 21CN.
By the end of summer 2007, around 350,000 customer lines in south Wales are expected to have been migrated to the new infrastructure.
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