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Buckinghamshire-based ISP, Nildram Ltd, has carried out its own analysis into how much broadband ADSL access could cost when it's introduced in Britain next year. According to MD Adrian Mardlin, the question of hidden charges remains a problem for consumers. And although it's already been touted that businesses could be forced to fork out around £200 a month for ADSL access, he also thinks consumers could also be asked to shell out a similar amount. He says installation charges will start at £260 + VAT while annual wholesale rental for the basic service, which provides a 512kbps download speed and 256kbps upload speed, with a contention ratio of 20:1, will work out at £1,065 + VAT. "In addition to these charges, any ISP providing the service will have to pay for a connection to BT to deliver the data inwards," said Mardlin. "At its cheapest, this will work out at an additional £50 per annum, and at its most expensive, £745 per annum, although this all depends on volume. On top of that, we then have to deliver your data across the Internet and make a charge for that." "You can probably see from these figures that unless BT does some drastic price cutting, we are still a long way off from the £40 a month figures that the press like to dream about," Mardlin said. "More like £150 - £200 a month, we suspect." ®

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