Monday, April 21, 2008

BT Openreach to Launch Ethernet Backhaul Direct

Openreach will begin offering an Ethernet Backhaul Direct service in May. Using Ethernet, Openreach will be able to offer a new, improved pricing structure for backhaul. The company said communications providers should expect to see savings of up to 50 per cent for the majority of Ethernet Backhaul Direct circuits, when compared with existing prices for backhaul services. The use of the 21st Century Network as a delivery mechanism for Ethernet Backhaul Direct will also enable Openreach to offer higher bandwidths.

Openreach said this new product demonstrates its ongoing commitment to further stimulate competition in the UK broadband market.

Andrew Jones, Managing Director, Business Transformation, Openreach said, "Ethernet Backhaul Direct is a highly efficient and competitively priced, backhaul product. This demonstrates our commitment to the market and to our Communications Provider customers, and builds on our investment in LLU. Our aim is to ensure that the UK continues to have one of the most innovative and competitive telecommunications industries in the world, benefiting both businesses and consumers alike."

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