Following news from Timico that the switch-off of the BT 20CN broadband network at the end of March could leave those who have not made the switchover without internet connectivity BT has reacted with the following statement.
“The retirement of BT Wholesale’s legacy broadband products should come as no surprise to UK communications providers as we notified industry of our intention to retire the IPStream and Datastream products as far back as 2008. Since then, we have been encouraging industry to migrate their business and consumer customers onto our next generation broadband network which delivers much faster speeds via advanced copper and fibre.
“Most communications providers have already completed or are nearing the end of migrating their customers across to the next generation network.
That network currently reaches 92 per cent of UK premises whilst the remainder of premises will be unaffected as legacy broadband services will be maintained in these areas.
“We are working closely with industry to ensure the smooth migration of any remaining end customers onto our next generation network. There is still plenty of time for end customers to migrate as we will continue to maintain the legacy broadband network until the end of September 2014. We would urge communications providers to migrate their customers onto the next generation network by the end of June 2014 however, and to contact us should they experience any problems.”
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