BT unveils wholesale internet access for ISPs

British Telecommunications will launch wholesale flat-rate, or unmetered, internet access service for internet service providers and telecommunications operators this month, the company says.

          British Telecommunications (BT) will launch wholesale flat-rate, or unmetered, internet access service for ISPs (internet service providers) and telecommunications operators this month, the company says.

          The BTnet SurfPort 24 service will use the Flat Rate Internet Access Call Organisation (FRIACO) tariff, which provides unlimited, 24 hour access to ISPs and operators for a single monthly fee. The service works by collecting dial-up internet traffic from local BT exchanges, and delivering it down a single pipe to the ISPs, Danny Sullivan, vice president of service providers for BT's Internet group, BT Ignite said in a statement.

          BT Ignite will begin by rolling out the service geographically from January 18, with national coverage available from April.

          The service will be available to ISPs and other operators at a price of between £87 (US$128) and £110 per port, per month, depending on the length of contract, with a minimum of 1500 ports, Sullivan says.

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