It seems that Pipex was being coy after all. Just one month after the ISP’s MD Mike Reed said me that ADSL2+ wasn’t a priority, he appears to have changed his mind.
60 BT exchanges are now to be wired up to provide speeds of up to 24Mbps to cheer P2P… sorry, Internet Enthusiasts. “We have selected those exchanges where we have at least 400 customers within 5 kilometres of our core network, providing payback within 24 months,” Pipex said in a statement. Early 2006 is expected to be the go live timescale.
At this stage it is unclear how an ADSL2+ service will effect the rest of the company’s other packages (apart from make them cheaper, obviously). Specific details about this should roll out around Chrimbo time.
So it’s clear the race for that third place is heating up. Newbie Be Unlimited grabbed gold, by launching its service on 31 August, just two days before UK Online. Bulldog was expected to grab bronze, but – as we know – its being having its fair share of problems lately. As a result popular all in one HomeChoice looks set to pip it, but neither announcing actual dates, Pipex may just be a long shot.
Personally speaking, I like to think it was my “more-is-more” speech that I gave to Mike at Craven Cottage that did the trick… Just call me Gordon Gekko ;)