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BT widens net to non-ADSL areas

Welsh workers get wireless broadband trial

BT today showed its commitment to making its broadband services available throughout the whole of the UK with the launch of its Mesh radio technology.

The aim of the scheme is to provide broadband technologies to those areas outside the reach of its upgraded copper networks.

Beginning in Pontypridd, South Wales the trial will involve around 100 households. But before residents get too excited, the lucky homeowners testing the new technology will be BT employees.

"This trial will give us an extended look at technology in a real-life situation and let us explore its suitability for BT to deliver broadband services in areas beyond the reach of ADSL," said Paul Reynolds, BT Wholesale's chief executive.

The Mesh radio technology works by installing a small radio antenna at a certain number of households and business, which then transmits signals on to neighbouring users to form a network, or 'mesh'.

Using the mesh pattern negates the need for unsightly large antennae.

The trial is expected to run until December.

BT Wholesale currently provides broadband-enabled exchanges to cover 66 percent of UK homes and businesses.


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