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.
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 local exchanges.
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).