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BT is planning to phase out its range of IPStream broadband products over the next three years, it has been claimed.

Writing in his blog, Timico's Chief Technology Officer Trefor Davies said that IPStream – which formed the initial foundation for ADSL broadband a decade ago – will be withdrawn by spring 2014.

BT IPStream, which delivers broadband at 0.5Mb, 1Mb and 2Mb, is currently delivered over the firm's 20th century telecoms network.

The broadband provider will be able to reduce costs by shutting IPStream down, allowing it to focus on the rollout and management of its fibre broadband network.

Mr Davies commented that the withdrawal of IPStream "is good news for the many in the country whose broadband speeds are up to 8Mb max".

"I understand that the drivers for the change are partly equipment obsolescence and partly to stop spending cash on a 20th century network that still has growing demand," he stated.

BT is currently investing £2.5 billion upgrading its telecoms infrastructure around the UK, in order to support super-fast fibre broadband deals.

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