BT is continuing attempts to develop faster broadband with its ADSL broadband Max service.

With initial market testing at 25 UK exchanges beginning in November, the new system promises downstream speeds of up to 8Mbps. The company hopes to launch such services across the UK by next spring.

Cameron Rejali, managing director, products and strategy, BT Wholesale said: "This trial phase is essential to ensure our higher speed broadband products and systems meet the reliability standards that service providers and end users expect. BT is committed to ensuring that everyone benefits from the broadband revolution whether they live in valleys, villages or city centres."

Following successful trials in London and Strathclyde, the wider trial phase will include 25 exchanges, rising to 53 exchanges as it progresses. Selected trial exchanges are in Greater London, Cornwall, Strathclyde, Northern Ireland and South Glamorgan.

The trial will initially be available to 50,000 end users. Individual customer lines for the trial will be selected by service providers.

Macworld Conference 2005

October 27-28, 2005. At MacExpo, Olympia National Hall, London

Macworld has gathered the world's best Mac experts for this year's Conference, which focuses on two areas: Mac OS X and profesional design.

Mac OS X: David Pogue (author of many best-selling Mac books, and the technology correspondent for the New York Times) leads the Mac OS X stream, alongside Macworld's hilarious back-page columnist Andy Ihnatko.

Design Pro: Deke McClelland (author of The Photoshop Bible, and inductee of the Photoshop Hall of Fame) runs a masterclass on Adobe Photoshop and other Creative Suite applications, with digital-artist Steve Caplin and photographer Martin Evening. Quark Product Architect Dan Logan flies in from the US to show the world's first full demonstration of the ground-breaking QuarkXPress 7.0.

Discover the hidden tips and tricks utilised by the Mac's top practitioners to dramatically enhance your skills and gain the insights you need to get the most from your technology investment.

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