BT mulls price cut for DSL

Don't hold your breath

BT is toying with the idea of reducing the wholesale cost of DSL services in the UK.

The monster telco is currently looking at two initiatives which could give it scope to reduce prices.

As reported last week, BT is considering introducing a "wires only" option leaving customers free to shop around for their modems.

It is also looking into providing a DIY installation service.

Both options could give BT scope to cut the cost of its wholesale service.

However, BT spokeswoman, Rebecca Webster, was unable to say exactly by how much costs could fall.

She also confirmed that there were no plans, "in the short-term", to reduce the price of its current wholesale single user DSL service, which costs £35 a month.

Defending BT's pricing for its wholesale DSL service, she said that it included the cost of hardware, a high quality service and offered "good value for money".

Elsewhere, industry insiders claim BT is finally waking up to its lacklustre performance concerning the roll-out and implementation of DSL. Worryingly, the monster telco is damping down expectation about DSL, telling people "not to get too excited about broadband".

Sources claim there is a distinct change in tone from BT, which appears to be admitting that it has made mistakes and that it needs the industry's help to get things right. ®

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