Peace breaks out among BT and rival operators

All in the name of Comic Relief

The different factions of the UK's telecoms and Internet industries are to bury the hatchet in an unprecedented show of unity.

They're taking part in a one-off quiz night dubbed "Bandwidth Aid" as part of Comic Relief - the nationwide red-nosed charity event that raises a titter as it fleeces people.

Reminiscent of a World War One footy match held between warring armies in no man's land at Christmas, BT, AOL UK, Le Freeswere, Energis, one2one, ntl, Oftel and Vodaphone have all so far agreed to leave their trenches to take part in the quiz.

Suspiciously, the event - to be held in April - has been organised by the spinmeisters of BT's press office who've thrown down the gauntlet to other bunnies.

Critics are bound to question BT's motives. However, each team is donating £500 to Comic Relief - so maybe the motive is simply about giving.

BT newsroom's Michael Wadley said: "We may all be doing this for charity - but teams seem to be taking it very seriously.

"Even Oftel - although they seemed relieved when they were told that the quiz would be general knowledge and not about technology.

"But fair play to them, they're in," he said.

El Reg understands other companies have been approached to take part but have yet to sign up.

Any ISP or telco press office interested in taking part and which has so far been snubbed by BT should contact Michael or Simon in the BT newsroom on 020 7356 5369. ®

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