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21CN is BT’s mysterious new next generation network – quoted as ‘an advanced communications network for the future’ according to their website.

A quick look through the website leaves the reader bemused as to what BT are up to, as the new service is only described loosely with no real facts or statistics. This is probably to protect BT if the plans take longer than expected.

BT Claim 21CN is ‘not simply a network transformation; rather it's a radical overhaul of products, systems, process and a fundamental remaking of our business.’ – Which sounds intriguing, but still does not tell us much.

BT do go on to say that they will be looking to build new network architectures (which we assume means new line technology) which is good news for broadband users.

Although the details are vague, the fact that BT will spend a colossal £10 billion on the 21CN programme to ensure its success shows it is a serious undertaking.

The main aim of 21CN is to push Briton into the 21st century for broadband by making it easier and more accessible (and hopefully faster). BT Vision (BT’s next generation TV service) is part of the 21CN programme, as is BT Fusion (the mobile phone service which switches to a broadband landline when the user arrives home). 21CN is also behind tests to get TV on mobile phones, so you could be watching the latest Corrie while sitting on the bus.

The mysterious multi billion project aims to be completed by the end of 2011, leaving very little time for the drastic investment.

So watch this space and we’ll keep you updated on 21CN as more details emerge.

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