BT and limited capacity at telephone exchanges

  CurlyWhirly 07:11 06 Sep 2004

I have just been to a website with details of my local exchange (which has been broadband enabled since May 2003) and on the details page it states:

"There is limited capacity at your exchange for further ADSL connections. Capacity is due to be increased on 15/09/2004"

What exactly does this mean?
Does BT just add more ADSL connections and if so wouldn't this be expensive?

  CurlyWhirly 08:44 06 Sep 2004

Interestingly, AOL managed to upgrade my private phone line to Broadband within 3 days ....

Thanks for replying.
Just querying how AOL can upgrade your private phone line to broadband within 3 days when BT own the telephone infrastructure!

  Graham ® 10:40 06 Sep 2004

Two factors come into the equation.

The actual ADSL equipment in the exchange consists of rack mounted shelves into which the cards are mounted. Therefore more shelves may be needed, or if the rack is full, more racks are needed.

Then to physically connect your house, business, etc., a pair of wires is needed for each line. This will often be carried in various cables and cross-connection points. Any bottle-neck along the way may entail extensive engineering work to add further capacity.

  Graham ® 11:25 06 Sep 2004

Further to the above, check your exchange click here

  CurlyWhirly 17:19 06 Sep 2004

Graham ®
Thanks for the link. I have saved it on favourites.

My exchange status is red too so I just hope that BT will be upgrading it soon as it is close to capacity at the moment according to the report!

  CurlyWhirly 17:30 06 Sep 2004

Just had an e-mail off AOL and I am able to upgrade to 1 mb service (from 512 kb) using BT's new limits.

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