Cardiff has been chosen by BT as the first city to sample phone calls, broadband and other ethernet services over its next generation telecommunications network, dubbed '21st Century Network' (21CN).
'Today's announcement represents a critical shift in the focus of BT's 21CN programme, moving from creating the vision and planning, to delivering the future to customers,' said the chief executive of BT Wholesale, Paul Reynolds. 'It's essential that 21CN meets the needs of operators, service providers, businesses and consumers alike.'
The reason Cardiff was chosen was that BT believes the area's demographics are epresentative of the UK market in general and, specifically, BT Wholesale's customer base.
It is not just Cardiff but surrounding areas that will be involved. Three new 'super telephone exchanges' are to be developed in Cardiff, Swansea and Newport, with a further 10 new transmission sites also developed across the region.
'This rollout will be the first time anywhere in the world that customers will have communications services provided over such a radical next generation network,' said Matt Bross, BT Group's chief technology officer.I wonder exactly what you will be able to do with it.