Feeds

Freeserve in NTL's sights

We're gonna get you, suckers...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

NTL is planning to be the largest ISP in the UK, knocking Freeserve off its perch. One NTL source The Register spoke to this morning was almost giddy with excitement and bullish anticipation. "We're going to be bigger than Freeserve," he said. "NTL probably has the best cable network in Europe, if not the world," he chirped. Which is great - no capacity problems there when it launches in six weeks time. But what about the registration backlog that has hit other services including CallNet0800 and Telewest? The answer seems to be that if people form an orderly queue and wait their turn instead of stampeding the service and bringing it to its knees, then all will be well. "It's going to be done on a first come, first served basis," said the NTL source. The NTL source also said that today's announcement was not in response to cableco rival, Telewest, introducing a flat-fee service last month. Elsewhere, NTL has issued more details about its new flat-fee unmetered Net access service, ntlworld. The service will be available throughout Britain from 17 April. Users will be able to access the service via their PC and, later this year, via their TV. According to the cableco: "ntlworld features no ISP subscription charge, no call connection charge and no Internet call charges." "NTL will be the first major company to launch a genuinely free Internet access service in the UK," it added in a press statement, although execs at CallNet0800 would probably disagree. Barclay Knapp, NTL CEO, said: "NTL has a vision to bring the Internet to all UK homes - either via the PC, or the TV. "ntlworld will help the UK in a drive to lead the world in making ecommerce, e-entertainment and e-education available to everyone. "We're able to announce this today because we own a high-quality national network and have a track-record of providing innovative services at great prices. And you don't get much better than free," he said. Responding to NTL's claims that it would overtake Freeserve, a spokesman for the Dixon's spin-off said: "We'll speak again in a year." ® Related Stories Blair hails NTL Free Everything ISP plans It's first come, first served: AltaVista Telewest to offer unlimited Net access

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’
Catapult me a Mojito, I feel an Digital Innovation coming on
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else
Spill those Android secrets, or we’ll fine you
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.