Iomart to Enter BT Local Exchanges
By Damon Marturion
New Business News Staff Writer
GLASGOW - iomart Group plc ("iomart"), the Glasgow based telecommunications and Internet services company, today announced a major step forward in its bid
to become a major player in the UK broadband market.
Headquartered in the West of Scotland Science Park in Glasgow, iomart is one
of only three UK based ISPs to have earned the coveted Cisco Powered Network
Status - a standard achieved by the top one per cent of service providers
For the company revealed that it is one of the successful applicants to be
given the right to install its own broadband DSL infrastructure in BT's
Focusing initially on the Scottish market, iomart will commence installation
in BT exchanges in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee during early
2001. This forms the first phase of a wider UK programme.
iomart is already one of the first operators to be providing ADSL services
in the UK, using BT's IP Stream product range. These services are available
now under iomart's Copperburst brand and also to consumers through
Madasafish. However with the progressive introduction of its own equipment
to BT exchanges, iomart will be able to participate fully in the local loop
unbundling process, allowing iomart to take over responsibility for the
copper line "last mile" between a customer's premises and the BT exchange.
Angus MacSween, iomart CEO, commented:
"This is another major step forward in the development of iomart. For us, ADSL is the entry point to building long term customer relationships to which we can add web hosting, telephony services and our business class out-sourced e-mail product from Sendmail. As a licensed telco with no legacy to protect, we can move swiftly to offer our customers the full potential from this new broadband technology."
The installation plan will form the first phase of an aggressive three year
UK DSL roll out, with iomart offering its customers a full range of DSL high
speed access products coupled with applications such as video on demand,
video conferencing and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
Characterised by scalability, resilience, high security and superb
performance, iomart's system architecture is based on best-in-class products
by Sun, Sendmail, Cisco and Oracle. Redundancy is used throughout to avoid
single points of failure.
But technological innovation counts for nothing if it is not allied to first
class customer care and service, iomart have invested heavily in its
directly managed, purpose-built and fully web-enabled Customer Services
Centre in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.
For more information, visit the iomart Web site at iomart.com or contact Angus MacSween via telephone at 0141 931 7000
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