The first stage of a project to build one of the world's most advanced
telephone networks has been completed.

The so-called 21st century network (21CN) is being built in the UK
using Internet Protocol technology.

The massive upgrade, the first of its kind, will cost British Telecom
10bn and take until 2010 to complete.

It will open the way to new services as well as making existing
services quicker and cheaper than before.

1,500 man years

The first person to use the new network was schoolgirl Laura Wess from
South Wales.

The eleven-year-old spent a minute and a half chatting to the Right
Reverend John Davies, the bishop of St Asaph.

She was chosen for the landmark call as she is one of the residents of
Wick, near Cardiff, which is the first village to be upgraded to 21CN.

"Today marks a symbolic and momentous occasion for BT, the
communications industry, for Wales and the rest of the UK as 21CN, over
three years in the making, starts to become real for customers," said
Paul Reynolds, chief executive of BT Wholesale.

BT has so far rebuilt around 10% of its network, laid more than 2,300
kilometres of new fibre optic cable in South Wales and invested more
than 1,500 man years in developing the systems to support the new

Customers in Cardiff, Bridgend and Pontypridd will be the next to be
transferred. The upgrade does not require customers to have a new
telephone or number and can be done without an engineer visiting the

Voice, data, broadband and multimedia services will all be carried on
the new network. It will allow for faster broadband speeds as well as
opening the door for services not yet thought of.
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