Communications regulator Ofcom proposes to extend BT's relief from its formal undertakings to supply very high speed fibre-based network connections because BT says there is no demand for them. Wavestream is BT's premier fibre-based service. It offers 2.5Gbps to 10Gbps connections suitable for high speed network build, back-ups, data centre connectivity and disaster recovery. It is aimed at large IT, finance, media and public sector firms.
Ofcom said as Wavestream is an optical product, the wholesale input includes equipment plus dark fibre. The equipment consists of optical interfaces either at BT's point of presence or at the customer premises. "Wavestream is based on Optical Transport Network technology which is still being standardised and developed by vendors. A communications provider who wants Wavestream would buy the whole package from Openreach, i.e., interfaces plus the fibre connection," Ofcom said.