13/05/2002

Freeserve team up with NTL to offer broadband

Internet service provider Freeserve has announced an agreement to deliver its Freeserve Broadband service via NTL’s next-generation cable network.

This is the first time a UK ISP and a broadband cable network operator have worked together to develop a wholesale broadband cable service, which will be offered to NTL subscribers as part of a package deal that will also include NTL's digital TV and telephony services.

The agreement with NTL Business will enable Freeserve to provide a 512kbps broadband service over NTL’s network. Freeserve will manage the sale and delivery of NTL Business-approved cable modems through online and in-store distribution channels and provide both billing and technical support to customers of the Freeserve Broadband cable service. Product and technical specification will mirror NTL’s existing residential broadband 512kbps service.

NTL Business and Freeserve have agreed to ensure that Freeserve Broadband will be competitive with alternative broadband offerings in the marketplace.

John Pluthero, Chief Executive Officer of Freeserve, commented: “This agreement gives Freeserve unrivalled options for the distribution and availability of Freeserve Broadband, complementing what we already have in place for DSL."

Freeserve Broadband will be available later this year to NTL’s six million broadband-enabled households, providing them with another broadband cable choice in addition to NTL’s existing residential broadband services.

(CL)


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