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BT to offer 24mb speed broadband by next year

Buried in a BT's press release sent today is news that BT will launch end users broadband at a speed of 24 mbps in 2008 as part of the 21cn project.

The trials began in the West Midlands with the participation of three communications providers on November 1, 2007.

The trials will extend further, leading to a roll out beginning in spring 2008.

A growing number of BT competitors like Telefonica's Be, Sky Broadband, UKOnline or VirginMedia have been proposing speeds well above the normal 8mbps.

Virgin in particular is expected to rollout a 50 mbps super broadband package very soon.

BT currently has more than 4m retail broadband subscribers with each paying on average £271 per annum for broadband and other services.

BT also manages an additional 7.7 million broadband end users (on DSL and LLU connections) for its competitors.

In a bid to catch up with its rivals, BT has turned itself from being a phone only company to a more potent one which provides broadband, television, telephony for consumers as well as managed services and equipment for corporate users.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.