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BT has announced the launch of wholesale ethernet services over its 21st Century Network (21CN) to improve business broadband.

Geared towards internet service providers looking to serve the needs of large-scale, bandwidth-hungry organisations, BT states that its ethernet services are well positioned to deliver a flexible and cost-effective solution.

The telecoms giant aims to have the widest available ethernet service by spring 2009, with over 600 nodes expected to be operational around the UK by this point.

It also adds that ethernet services will assist mobile broadband operators in meeting the needs of high-bandwidth data transmission over cellular networks.

Cameron Rejali, managing director of products and strategy at BT Wholesale, said: "We are building a national ethernet service that provides our customers with the carrier-grade quality of service, cost efficiencies, bandwidth capacity and service flexibility."

BT first announced plans for the 21CN project in June 2004 and began the switchover project in November 2006.

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