02/08/2001

BTopenworld brings broadband to UK businesses

BTopenworld have announced two initiatives to bring broadband within reach of businesses and consumers across the UK.

In November they will launch a two-way satellite service to deliver broadband to home-based, small and medium sized businesses. The service will initially be available to customers in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland and Northern Ireland, before being extended to other areas of the UK.

BTopenworld is also to make ADSL available to more people by using extended reach technology. This should make ADSL available to around 13 million households connected to enabled exchanges by the end of September this year.

Previously ADSL, broadband technology that converts a normal telephone line into a high speed digital line, was only available to customers who lived around 3.5km from an enabled exchange. Extended reach, or Rate Adaptive, technology increases this "footprint" to up to 5.5km.

Andy Green, BTopenworld chief executive officer said: "This announcement represents a set of innovative initiatives to accelerate the availability of broadband on a truly nationwide basis. It also further enhances BTopenworld’s reputation as a national broadband operator.

"The launch of our satellite service will meet the demand for always on, high speed Internet services for businesses in more remote locations, while extended reach will now mean more than 90 per cent of customers connected to an enabled exchange, will be able to access broadband technology,"

Details of the satellite service will be available closer to the launch date but rental prices are expected to start at less than £100 a month (excluding VAT).

(GB)

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