BT today appealed to its partner community for more trialists for their BET service. Currently in pilot phase, Broadband Enabling Technology (or BET) uses SHDSL to offer a broadband connection speed of up to 1 Mbps over a distance of 12 Kms from the local phone exchange. By using another line and bonding them together the speed can be effectively doubled up to 2 Mbps.
BT is testing this technology at the following exchanges:
Horsham, West Sussex
Inverness Culloden, Scotland
So far there have been around 40 installations which isn’t much across 10 exchanges (cf 1,750 FTTC on 3 exchanges). I’m not sure why there have not been more takers – whilst it is targeted at less densely populated rural areas there must be more people in those areas wanting to get on the internet. The plan is, in theory, to roll out a further 200 exchanges but I don’t think it is a done deal yet with the decision to go to production not yet being taken.
BET has aroused some emotion amongst rural dwellers looking for equality with city slickers in the broadband stakes. They complain that an up to 2Mbps service (as mooted by the Government’s Digital Britain Review) doesn’t really cut it. I guess the pressure is going to be on BT to make sure that this service does enter production regardless of uptake. Interesting though.
Timico is not a BET trialist but if you need help with getting on the trials by all means drop me a line and I will point you in the right direction.