BT deploys 2Wire intelligent gateways for FTTP initiative

SEPTEMBER 23, 2008 -- BT has begun deploying 2Wire's HomePortal intelligent gateways to connect subscribers to its new super-fast, fiber-based broadband network. BT's deployment of FTTP services at Ebbsfleet, UK, is the first step of the BT Next Generation Access (NGA) strategy.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2008 -- BT (search for BT) has begun deploying 2Wire's (search for 2Wire) HomePortal intelligent gateways to connect subscribers to BT's new super-fast, fiber-based broadband network. BT's deployment of fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services at Ebbsfleet, UK, is the first step of the BT Next Generation Access (NGA) strategy.

"For more than five years, 2Wire has supported BT and its customers with reliable, high-quality residential gateways," reports Sean Parham, executive vice president and general manager, Gateway and Management Systems at 2Wire. "We are honored to have been chosen by BT to support this bold new venture, and excited that even more BT customers will experience the benefits of a whole-home, high-speed network enabled by a HomePortal gateway."

"We are proud to bring super-fast broadband connectivity to our customers in the UK and are eager to partner with companies who share our vision for the next phase of the broadband revolution," adds Andy Kelly, head of BT's NGA.

BT says its fiber-based, super-fast broadband network will give subscribers enough speed to run multiple bandwidth-hungry applications. For example, some members of a family could be watching different high-definition (HD) movies at the same time others are gaming or working on complex graphics or video projects. The new services will also offer substantially improved "upstream" speeds, allowing customers to post videos, use hi-def video conferencing, and enjoy interactive HD gaming.

The 2Wire HomePortal 2701HGV is a TR-069 standard-compliant intelligent residential gateway that features simplified self-installation, an advanced ADSL2+ modem, an Ethernet network interface, a powerful HyperG wireless router for whole-home wireless coverage, support for Internet telephony (VoIP) to enable robust voice and data, and a professional-grade firewall for enhanced security. The gateway also enables multiple users to wirelessly share access to the Internet while sharing files, printers, and networked applications with every networked device in the home, say 2Wire representatives.


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