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Wholesale Optical

As communications change and network growth expands, you don't
want to be the one left behind. Respond to bandwidth changes easily
and meet your customers' traffic demands.

  • Expanding your network and meeting demand

    Wholesale Optical is designed to let you to respond rapidly to changing bandwidth needs, now and in the future, meeting your growing traffic needs. It provides UK-wide coverage and is scalable from 10Gb to 100Gb. This means you will be able to reach out to more customers across the country

  • Maximise Revenues

    Wholesale Optical you can "pay-as-you-grow" and it can also be used to generate additional Ethernet sales, offering your customers access to the optical core network.

  • The only handbook you need

    We’ve created a guide which will make it easy to work with us. Filled with important information, tips, hints and links to crucial documents, this interactive document is one you’ll want to get your hands on.

  • Driving connectivity through Data Centers

    Data Centres are secure buildings that let you house your IT operations in a centralised location. From cloud services, hosted applications, data storage, Internet access, security applications and email services, you’ll improve security, simplify operations and reduce costs.

  • BT Wholesale Optical Capabilities means total confidence

    Our heavy investment in our Optical portfolio means we can offer a variety of capabilities on our 21CN network, including the resilient levels of services for using Optical.

  • Big Benefits

    Our 21CN optical network infrastructure has already demonstrated bandwidth services up to 3Tb. Investing in this pay-as-you-grow service means you will benefit from better services as you meet the increasing demands of your customers.

Multiple options

Optical Network gives range of options to expand your network growth, starting with our data centres

Nationwide coverage

Deliver a high quality connectivity solution to customers whatever their size, across the UK.


Our market-leading 21C network means you enjoy excellent flexibility, reliability and security.

Expanding your network and meeting demand

Communication is changing

The way we keep in touch with one another is evolving. But it's not just you and me. It's businesses. It's customers. It's suppliers. Everyone is communicating with one another so it's obvious that methods will change. We’ve seen a massive surge in applications, operations and communications tools, using numerous multimedia technology. This continued growth means explosive growth in network traffic.  In turn, communications providers need networks that can grow and provide extensive coverage. They need Wholesale Optical.

Wholesale Optical - The lowdown 

  • Wholesale Optical is a high-capacity optical product that's built into our resilient 21CN next-generation infrastructure
  • We offer 10GE, nx10GE, 40GE and 100GE point-to-point connectivity
  • Our service can be delivered to BT exchanges, your premises or third party locations including data centers across the UK
  • You can use it as a primary core network, to expand your existing core and or add resilience to your existing fibre core network.

Benefits for you

  • Flexible and scalable solution – order the bandwidth you require, knowing that our optical infrastructure has the capacity to support your future growth.
  • Expand your network infrastructure – and meet growing traffic requirements, reach out to more customers, gain new customers and maximise revenue.
  • High performance – enjoy secure, uncontended bandwidth with zero jitter and packet loss nationally across the UK.
  • Resilient – with three levels of service available backed up by service credits.
  • Peace of mind - Our solution comes with a BT backed communications platform, delivering up to 99.99% availability, backed up by SLG’s.

The Future is Optical

In April this year (2018), BT will be rolling out three new Capabilities that will provide us and you the confidence to match your needs. We’ll be releasing the following capabilities:

  • Two new access options: EAD and EBD

  • New client interfaces: Fibre Channel (1Gb, 2Gb, 4Gb, 8Gb, 10Gb)

  • New resilience option: RO1/OPS across the core network

The introduction of these capabilities will allow you to become more competitive within your market industry. For more information about these exciting new developments, please take a closer in our Product Handbook.

BT Wholesale Optical - Points of Presence

Wholesale Optical availability

Red dots are Optical Points of Presence (PoPs) in BT exchanges. 106 of them, known as the 21CN Core/Metro Nodes.

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