It’s encouraging to hear that BT are currently dealing with over 10,000 wholesale orders a week for ADSL. They are also broadband-enabling 100 more exchanges and beefing up the capacity of the 1,000+ current broadband-enabled exchanges. A strange turnaround from their comments and action of six months ago where they were actually blaming the consumer for the failure of broadband take up in the UK.
Another surprise announcement from BT was their intention to launch Direct DSL. A service that will be a slightly cheaper service connecting users directly to the Internet, rather than through an ISP, an idea borrowed from Spanish operator, Telefonica. This is going to be very unpopular with UK ISP’s and it will be interesting to see if OFTEL blocks it.