BT Indicates a Move to Optical Network

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BT Indicates a Move to Optical Network

Not for the first time, the telecoms carrier expressed interest in replacing its copper-based telephone and broadband network with fibre.

From next month, the company will meet with ministers and regulators to discuss potentially investing in a £10bn optical network, earmarked to offer broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps.

But Ian Livingstone, head of BT Retail, also told the Financial Times that the “economics have to be right” before it will consider investing in a 21st century broadband network.

His reported comments come after the government said it would consider public sector investment in broadband to stop the UK losing its position in the global economy.

Mr Livingstone said: “BT remains very interested in further expanding the speed of access for customers, whether that be through faster copper, fibre to the home, [or] fibre to the cabinet".

And according to a new broadband study obtained by the Daily Telegraph, BT’s willingness to seriously explore fibre optic technology is needed now more than ever.

Commissioned by the Information Technology Innovation Foundation, the study shows only six out of 23 nations in Europe have slower connection speeds than the UK.

On average, Britain relies on broadband speeds of 2.6Mbps, compared with 2.8Mbps in Slovakia and 21.7 Mbps in Finland, where monthly access is half the price available in the UK.

Despite the urgency, BT has pointed out that not even Stephen Timms, competitiveness minister, believes the UK’s regulatory environment currently allows a fibre-based network.

Moreover, the telecoms company has reportedly disputed the price tag of the ultra-fast network, saying it is likely the real cost would be upwards of the estimated £10bn.

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29-09-2007, 09:45:37

hi can anyone help?
i placed my first order with tekheads on thursday afternoon at about 1:30pm

along came friday took day off work and waited, and waited, and waited, no delivery, so i checked there website to see what was going on, my status was on: security check ?
so i rang the company many times on friday but no answer!

can anyone help
has this happened to anyone?


29-09-2007, 13:50:40

I have had the same problem.

I placed an order for a BFG 8800GTX OC2 768MB '626MHz' at Friday lunchtime. I paid an extra £16.00 so i could recieve the item on next-day delivery BEFORE NOON (as i was going out of town at 1pm) and nothing has arrived. My status has been stuck on security check for the last 24 hours.

After hearing great things about Tekheads i am VERY DISAPPOINTED.

I have tried calling but all i get is an answer machine, i left a message earlier today and no-one has answered my call.


30-09-2007, 18:30:22


Sorry about the lack of response you have both received on this occasion. We have some serious e-mail issues at the moment had this been working you would have had an auto e-mail explaining the security check stage.

I will need some further information for you two to look into it further but i would presume they are both your first orders with us and you are wanting the goods shipped to an address other than the address where your credit cards are registered at.

Basically you just need to e-mail us with the registered card holder address quoting your order number.

As this is down to our e-mail systems not working i can arrange to refund you both your carraige charges and get the goods sent out on a next day service.

Please e-mail me directly with the details we require to release your order, my address is: [email][/email]

I appologise about the phone service on Friday, we were extremly short staffed (flu bug going around the office), and with our e-mail system being down it meant an increase in phone calls you both must have rang at the wrong times.

Hopefully we can get this issue resolved asap.

01-10-2007, 05:14:21

I have emailed you my order number and address, although it is the same one i gave when i placed the order as that is the one my bank account is registered to.

The money already left my account on Friday so i don't quite understand what 'security checks' are taking place tbh.

If it takes this much longer when you place your first order with Tekheads then they should not have next day saturday before noon delivery available! Or at least a warning when you place the order!


edit: Just managed to speak to someone over the phone. Very helpful guy and everything sorted for delivery to my place of work instead of my home tomorrow.

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