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BT rolls out 21CN to ISPs as telco pledges 24mbps speed for all

BT is now signing up new ISPs to its brand new and shining 21st Century (21CN) next generation, faster broadband network which promises speeds of up to 24mbps.

This will initially be limited to one million households across UK through BT's own Wholesale Broadband Connect

Although new equipment is supposed to deliver the maximum theoretical ADSL2+ speed of 24mbps, in reality, it should be nearer to half that and BT's own tests show that the speed would be around 6mbps for a broadband user 2.5km from the local exchange.

Other ISPs like Sky and O2/Be have already started selling ADSL2+ packages for a while, so BT is catching up rather than leading through innovation.

BT is banking on its 21st Century network project to keep up with the rest of the competition and silence its critics who have been calling for a more aggressive broadband strategy as the UK tries to catch up with the rest of the Europe.

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.